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Talk at Bogazici: Dan Korman (UI-UC) on ‘Debunking Perceptual Beliefs about Ordinary Objects’ Monday, 08/10/2012

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Dan Korman (UI-UC) will be giving a talk on ‘Debunking Perceptual Beliefs about Ordinary Objects‘ on Monday October 8th from 17:00-19:00 at Bogazici University, room TB130 (in the philosophy department).

A draft copy of the paper can be found here. And the handout here.

ABSTRACT: On our natural way of “carving up” the world into objects, some collections of objects together compose something (e.g., the trunk and branches of a palm tree) and others do not (the trunk and the dog lying beside it). Reflection on the sorts of factors that might underwrite or influence such judgments about which objects there are give rise to powerful (and under-appreciated) “debunking arguments” against our perceptual beliefs about ordinary objects. I assimilate these arguments to arguments that arise in meta-ethics and the philosophy of math, and I examine a variety of way of trying to resist the arguments.  

Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Talk at Bogazici: Wilfried Ver Eecke (Georgetown) on ‘Ethical Reflections on the Financial Crisis 2007-08’ (Friday, 5/10/2012)

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Professor Wilfried Ver Eecke (Georgetown) will give a talk on ”Ethical Reflections on the Financial Crisis 2007-08″ at Bogazici University this Friday, October 5th 2012 from 17:00 to 19:00 at Bogazici University. The talk will take place in TB130  (in the philosophy department).

This talk is based on Professor Ver Eecke’s forthcoming book on the financial crisis and the ethics of capitalism. An outline of this book can be found here.

Everyone is welcome.

Wilfried Ver Eecke obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Louvain. He did doctoral and post-doctoral work in Paris (with Ricouer, Hyppolite, Lacan, and Benveniste), in Freiburg/iBr (with Lohmann) and at Harvard (with Putnam, Cavell, Erikson, Jakobson, Kagan, and Brow). He also obtained an M.A. in economics at Georgetown University. Professor Ver Eecke has been teaching at Georgetown since 1967, where he was also Chairman of the Philosophy Department from 1980-1983. He was awarded research grants from the Belgian Science Foundation, the French Government, and the von Humboldt Stiftung. In 1973, he received the annual prize of the Belgian Academy of Sciences and Humanities for a manuscript later published as Negativity and Subjectivity.

His research interests include (1) Hegel; (2) philosophy of psychoanalysis with an emphasis on Lacan — including ethical problems with the treatment of mentally ill persons; (3) ethics and economics — including public policy implications; (4) Contemporary Continental philosophy; (5) the concept of person; and (6) political and social philosophy — including distributive justice.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

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International Hegel Conference (October 3-6th), Istanbul

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The XXIX. International Hegel Congress will be held in Istanbul on 3 – 6 October 2012.  Organized by The International Hegel-Society (Internationale Hegel-Gesellschaft e.V.) in collaboration with Bogazici University Philosophy Department and the Municipality of Besiktas, the first day of the congress on October 3rd will take place at Albert Long Hall.  For further information, please check http://www.hegelistanbul2012.com.

Here are the details of the talks on the first day (Wednesday, October 3rd), which take place at Bogazici University:

14.00-14.30: Opening

14.30-15.30: İlber Ortaylı, “Hegel and the Eastern Empires.”

15.30-16.30: Wilfried Ver Eecke, “The Absence of Reflection on Language in the Master-Slave Dialectic.”

16.30-17.00: Pause

17.00-18.00: Brady Bowman, “Bureaucracy, Publicity and Civic Humanisms in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right.”

18.00-19.00: Theodore Geraets, “Hegel’s Articulation of Meaning – Reading Hegel after Gadamer.”


Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Workshop at Bogazici: The Logic, Metaphysics, and Morals of Plurals and Mass Terms

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There will be a conference at Bogazici University on October 12th and 13th on the metaphysical and moral ramifications of the logic and semantics of mass and plural quantification and predication. The first day consists of educational seminars on the logic and semantics of mass and plural expressions, so people should feel comfortable showing up who know nothing about the topic. Luckily, we will be taught by two world experts on the subject. On day 2 we will get into the ramifications of the topics covered in day 1.

If you have any questions please contact marksteen[at symbol]gmail[dot]com. Registration is free, and all are welcome. Exact locations will be announced soon in the comments below and on the Bogazici Philosophy Department Event Calendar. Links to philosophers’ webpages/information can be found below.

Friday, October 12
12:30-2:00   – Lunch at the Kennedy Lodge
3:15-4:45     – David Nicolas educational seminar: “The Logic of Mass Expressions”
4:45-5:00     – Break
5:00-6:30     – Thomas McKay educational seminar: “Plurals and Distribution”
7:00            – Dinner, location TBA

Saturday, October 13
10-12          – William Wringe: “Who are We, What Are We Doing and Are We Harming the Worst-Off? Pogge’s
Problem with Plurals.”
12-1:00       – Lunch on your own
1:00 3:00    – David Nicolas, “Mass Nouns and Plural Logic”
3:00-3:15    – Break
3:15-5:15    – Irem Kurtsal Steen, “LOL! No x is a cat, but some Xs are-a-cat”
5:15-5:30    – Break
5:30-7:30    – Thomas McKay, “From Mass to Plural”
7:30-          – Dinner, location TBA

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September 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

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Dummett workshop at Bilkent tomorrow

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A two-day workshop, organized by the Department of Philosophy on Dummett’s work will take place on September 27-28, 2012 in Room G-160. The keynote speaker is Dr. Anita Avramides (Oxford University). The workshop is open to public. A timetable can be found at


Hope to see you there.

Written by Sandrine Berges

September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

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István Aranyosi (Bilkent) receives honourable mention in prestigious APA essay prize.

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István Aranyosi (Bilkent) receives honourable mention in the American Philosophical Association annual essay prize for his paper, “A New Argument for the Mind-Brain Identity“. Details can be found here.

Congratulations Istvan!

Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

Dan Zahavi at Bogazici, September 27th.

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Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen) will be giving a talk at Bogazici university on Thursday, September 27th from 5-7pm, entitled ‘”Figuring the self: Can we learn anything from philosophy?”

Jointly organised by the Bogazici philosophy department and cognitive science program.

Venue: Turgut Noyan Salonu (North Campus, next to the library)

Abstract: In both ancient and modern times, the existence of self has been called into question. Frequently, the claim of the self-skeptics has been that the self, if it exists, must be some kind of unchanging and ontologically independent entity. Given that no such entity exists, there is no self. In my talk, I will argue that this philosophical definition of self contrasts rather markedly with how the self is approached, understood, and explored in a variety of empirical disciplines, including developmental psychology, social psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. I will consider two cases in particular, namely research in autism and the study of facial self-recognition. On the basis of these examples, I will discuss how one ought to conceive of the relationship between philosophical analysis and empirical investigation when it comes to the study of self.

Here are some papers that might be good for background reading:

Dan Zahavi: “The experiential self: Objections and Clarifications. ” In M. Siderits, E. Thompson, D. Zahavi (eds.): Self, no self? Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological,  & Indian Traditions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 56-78.

Dan Zahavi: “Is the self a social construct?” Inquiry 52/6, 2009, 551-573.

Dan Zahavi: “Self and other: The limits of narrative understanding.” In D.D. Hutto (eds): Narrative and Understanding Persons. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 60.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007,  179-201.

Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen. Zahavi writes on phenomenology and especially the philosophy of EdmundHusserl. He is co-editor of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, and author of Intentionalität und KonstitutionHusserl und die transzendentale IntersubjektivitätSelf-awareness and AlterityHusserl’s PhenomenologySubjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the first-person perspective,Phänomenologie für Einsteiger, and (with Shaun GallagherThe Phenomenological Mind.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 23, 2012 at 10:21 am