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John Pitseys at Bilkent

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Dr. John Pitseys from the Universite Catolique de Louvain
will give a talk on “Deliberation and Procedural Pluralism.”

The talk will take place in G160, Tuesday Dec. 4, at 15.40.

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November 28, 2012 at 9:07 am

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Talk at Bogazici: Thomas Metzinger (Mainz) on “Body Representation and Self-Consciousness: From Embodiment to Minimal Phenomenal Selfhood” 04/12/2012

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Thomas Metzinger (Mainz) will give a talk at Bogazici on Tuesday, December 4th, from 5-7pm in TB130:

“Body Representation and Self-Consciousness: 
From Embodiment to Minimal Phenomenal Selfhood.”

ABSTRACT: As a philosopher, I am interested in the relationship between body representation and the deep structure of self-consciousness. My epistemic goal in this lecture will be the simplest form of phenomenal self-consciousness: What exactly are the essential non-conceptual, pre-reflexive layers in conscious self-representation?  What constitutes a minimal phenomenal self? Conceptually, I will defend the claim that agency is not part of the metaphysically necessary supervenience-basis for bodily self-consciousness. Empirically, I will draw on recent research focusing on out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and full-body illusions (FBIs). I will then proceed to sketch a new research program and advertise a new research target: “Minimal Phenomenal Selfhood”, ending with an informal argument for the thesis that agency or “global control”, phenomenologically as well as functionally, is not a necessary condition for self-consciousness.

Thomas Metzinger is a leading contemporary German philosopher. He has been active since the early 1990s in the promotion of consciousness studies as an academic endeavour. As a co-founder, he has been particularly active in the organization of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), and sat on the board of directors of that organisation from 1995 to 2008. He served as president of the ASSC in 2009/10. Metzinger is director of the MIND group and has been president of the German cognitive science society from 2005 to 2007. In 2003 Metzinger published the monograph Being No One. In this book he argues that no such things as selves exist in the world: nobody ever had or was a self. All that exists are phenomenal selves, as they appear in conscious experience. He argues that the phenomenal self, however, is not a thing but an ongoing process; it is the content of a “transparent self-model.” In 2009 Metzinger published a follow-up book to Being No One for a general audience: The Ego Tunnel. In English he has also published two edited works, Conscious Experience (1995), and Neural correlates of consciousness: empirical and conceptual issues (2000).

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Manuel Knoll’s Talk at Fatih University on John Rawls’s Theory of justice

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John Rawls's Theory of justice, A Critical Introduction - Prof. Dr. Manuel KNOLL

Prof. Manuel Knoll of Fatih Üniversitesi will give a seminar talk at Fatih University, hosted by Fatih Üniversitesi İdeal Gençlik Kulübü.

The title of Manuel’s talk is

John Rawls’ Theory of Justice – a critical introduction

Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Time: 1-2 pm

Room: Evliya Çelebi Seminar Hall (M-229)

John Rawls’s Theory of Justice is a work of political philosophy and ethics. It was originally published in 1971 and revised in both 1975 (for the translated editions) and 1999. In A Theory of Justice, Rawls attempts to solve the problem of distributive justice (the just distribution of goods in a society) by utilising a variant of the familiar device of the social contract. The resultant theory is known as “Justice as Fairness”, from which Rawls derives his two principles of justice: the liberty principle and the difference principle

Prof. Dr. Manuel Knoll was born in Munich, Germany in 1964.
In 2000 he earned a PhD in Philosophy, Political Science and History from the University of Munich. Since 1998 he has been lecturing at the University of Munich and at the Munich School of Political Science.
In 2008 he achieved his habilitation and venia legendi in Political Theory and Philosophy. In 2011 he became a Professor of Philosophy at Fatih University, Istanbul.

How to reach us:

By public transport: Metrobus direction Beylikdüzü/TÜYAP, get off one stop before terminus (Hadımköy), take the blue bus 418 or the yellow (sometimes green or red and white) HT18 towards Hadımköy (ca. 15 min. to Fatih Kampüsü).

By car: leave the TEM at Hadımköy gişeleri, turn right and follow the signs for Fatih Üniversitesi

Announcement on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/425357907532130/

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November 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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Tim Williamson at Bogazici (07/12/2012)

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Tim Williamson (Oxford) will be giving a talk at Bogazici on Friday December 7th, in TB130 from 5-7pm. The title of his talk is:

“Logics as Scientific Theories”

Tim Williamson is the Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford, and is perhaps the most influential philosopher currently working in the UK. In addition to his talk on Friday, Tim will also be visiting my graduate seminar on Thursday.

ABSTRACT: Logic is often regarded as a neutral arbiter between substantive theories in science and metaphysics. Neutrality is also invoked as a criterion for deciding whether to count a truth as a logical truth. The lecture will argue that logic is much more like other branches of science than such a view allows. An alternative will be developed based on Tarski’s account of logical consequence. In particular, an abductive methodology will be explained for assessing proposals to revise logic; it uses standard criteria for scientific theory choice.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Two talks by Ken Westphal at Bogazici. (29 & 30/11/2012)

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Ken Westphal (East Anglia/ Bielefeld), the internationally renowned Kant and Hegel scholar, will give two talks at Bogazici next week.

Thursday November 29th, 5-7pm, TB130
“Natural Law, Social Contract & Moral Objectivity: Rousseau’s Natural Law Constructivism”

Friday November 30th, 5-7pm TB130
“Conventionalism & the Impoverishment of the Space of Reasons”

Ken Westphal has published almost 100 articles and the following books:

As Author:

Kant’s Transcendental Proof of Realism.
Hegel’s Epistemology: A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Spirit.
Hegel, Hume und die Identität wahrnehmbarer Dinge: Historisch-kritische Analyse zum Kapitel Wahrnehmung in der Phanomenologie von 1807.
Hegel’s Epistemological Realism: A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.

As Editor:

The Blackwell Guide to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.
Pragmatism, Reason, & Norms: A Realistic Assessment.
An Introduction to Hegel’s Logic , by Justus Hartnack.
Pragmatism and Realism , by Frederick L. WILL (Foreword by Alasdair MACINTYRE).
William Caldwell: Pragmatism and Idealism – and Responses and Reviews (with John Shook).

Abstracts below the fold.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

Two (English Language) Philosophy positions at METU

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There are also two openings that have been advertised at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. This is one of the leading state universities in Turkey and teaches exclusively in English. They already have a strong philosophy department, with well-established MA and Phd programs.

One position is for Social and political philosophy (including critical theory) OR in the philosophy of physics, philosophy of logic and/or mathematics.

The other position is in Ancient and medieval philosophy

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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Positions in Kırklareli

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I’ve just heard of some junior positions going in Kırklareli.

Applicants need not have completed their Phds to apply. However, if they have, the start time will be very soon (possibly in February).

Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Here is the advert:

The following Assistant Professorship positions are available in Kırklareli University.

Department of Philosophy: 1 Asst. Prof.

Department of Psychology: 4 Asst. Prof.s

Department of Sociology: 2 Asst. Prof.s

Please Contact:

Asst. Prof. Mehmet Emre Taşgın

Tel: 0 530 235 88 92


Written by Sandrine Berges

November 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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Talk at Bogazici: Mehmet Elgin (Mugla) on “What is Science? Popper and Evolutionary Theory” (26/11/2012)

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Mehmet Elgin (Mugla) will give a talk on Monday 26/11/2012 at Bogazici University, from 5-7pm in TB130.

“What is Science? Popper and Evolutionary Theory”

ABSTRACT: Karl R. Popper notoriously claimed that “I have come to the conclusion that Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory, but a metaphysical research programme – a possible framework for testable scientific theories” (Popper, Unended Quest, p. 195). He later claimed that “The theory of natural selection may be so formulated that it is far from tautological. In this case it is not only testable, but it turns out to be not strictly universally true” Popper (1978), “Natural Selection and the Emergence of Mind”, Dialectica, p. 345-346. When Popper claimed that evolutionary theory is a metaphysical research program, he was relying on an a priori philosophical principle about scientific methodology. When he changed his mind, he was reformulating a scientific principle in a way that it would satisfy the conditions of to be scientific proposed by him on a priori grounds. Thus, Popper was judging the status of empirical science on the basis of a priori philosophical intuitions concerning scientific methodology that did not take scientific practice seriously. I find this approach quite problematic and I propose to show why such a strategy of doing philosophy of science hinders our understanding of science by focusing on the role and the function of the Hardy-Weinberg Law in population genetics.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Philosophy/Cog-Sci Workshop at Bogazici. Saturday 24/11/2012

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Brains, Mind and Language #2

A philosophy/cognitive science workshop.

Saturday 24/11/2012, 1pm-6pm Venue: TB130 [This is on the ground floor of the philosophy department. As the building is closed at weekends, one should enter from the back of the building).


13:00 – 14:30 
Emrah Aktunc (Philosophy)
“Resolving Duhemian Problems in Cognitive Neuroscience”

14:45 – 16:15
Annette Hohenberger (Cognitive Science Department, Informatics Institute, ÖDTU)
“The Understanding of Normativity, Free Will and Emotions in Preschool Children.”

16:30 – 18:00
Oliver Wright (Psychology, Baçheşehir)
“The Whorfian (linguistic relativity) Hypothesis and Empirical Investigations in the Domain of Color.”

Abstracts below the fold:

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

World Philosophy Day celebrations at Bilkent : Future Generations.

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World Philosophy Day celebrations at Bilkent : Future Generations.

The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University together with the Bilkent Philosophy Society is organising a
two-day event in honour of Unesco World Philosophy Day 2012.

The event will take place on Thursday 22 November in the afternoon and Friday
23 November in the morning in G160.
Light refreshments will be served on both days.
All welcome.

Written by Sandrine Berges

November 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

Conference in Istanbul: Civilisation in the Age of Democracies. November 30th – December 3rd, 2012

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There will be a conference organised by Monokol in Istanbul from November 30th-December 3rd on Civilisation in the Age of Democracies. Amongst the speakers will be, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, Gianni Vattimo, Jean-Luc Marion, Giorgio Agamben, Joan Copjec, Jodi Dean, Frederic Neyrat, Bernard Aspe, Alain Brossat, Erich Hörl, Thomas Metzinger, Volkan Çelebi, Ahmet Soysal.

The poster can be found here, and the facebook page here. I’ll add more links later.

Provisional Program below the fold.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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Talk at Bogazici: Volkan Çıdam (Kemerburgaz) on “The Role of Historical Narration in Marx’s Capital” 23/11/2012

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Volkan Çıdam (Kemerburgaz) will give a talk on  Friday November 23rd at Bogazici University:

“The Role of Historical Narration in Marx’s Capital”

17:00 – 19:00,  TB130

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November 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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Talk at Bogazici: Aziz Zambak (Yeditepe) on “The Frame Problem: A Solution From an Agentive Perspective” 16/11/2012

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Aziz Zambak (Yeditepe) will give a talk at Bogazici on Friday November 16th  5-7pm, in TB130:

“The Frame Problem: A Solution From an Agentive Perspective”

Aziz Fevzi Zambak received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at Yeditepe University, Istanbul. His areas of specialization include Wittgenstein, artificial intelligence, philosophy of information, and logic.

ABSTRACT. “Yes, but you will never get a machine to do X” This is a commonsensical objection to AI in which X refers to the main problems of AI such as pattern recognition, creativity, free will, autonomy, systematicity, understanding, learning etc. The frame problem is at the intersection of all these problems. In AI, the realization of X depends on the solution of the frame problem. The frame problem has three aspects namely, metaphysical, logical, and epistemological. Three aspects of the frame problem consider the issue from a designer point of view. The frame problem is not the problem of a machine intelligence designer but the problem of the machine intelligence. I propose three steps in order to build an autonomous approach to the frame problem. These steps are (1) the agentification of the frame problem, (2) a control system approach, and (3) a trans-logical model peculiar to AI. Each step towards building an autonomous approach to the frame problem depends on each other.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Talk at Bogazici: Sandrine Berges (Bilkent) “From Aristotle to Heloise: Virtue and Moderation.” 09/11/2012

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Sandrine Berges (Bilkent) will give a talk entitled:

“From Aristotle to Heloise: Virtue and Moderation.”

Friday November 9th,5-7pm, Bogazici University Philosophy Department, TB130. Everyone welcome.

ABSTRACT: While many of her contemporaries, and some significant predecessors saw the virtues, especially that of temperance, as perfect achievements and complete freedom from bodily impulses, Heloise was keen to reinstate the Aristotelian understanding of virtues as means between two extremes. In her letters, she defends the ideal of moderation against Abelard’s calls for struggle and self control, and in doing so, she uses the vocabulary of the mean, in very much the same way as John of Salisbury did some years later. In this paper I highlight Heloise’s position in that debate, and argue that it is of philosophical and historical significance.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Talk at Koc: ‘Expressive bodies and imaging desire: Deleuze’s practical Spinozism’

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‘Expressive bodies and imaging desire: Deleuze’s practical Spinozism’

just seen this: Monday 5 Nov. 2012 Koç University

Social Sciences Seminars: Marjorie Gracieuse

Author: CSSH
Time: 14:00
Location: CAS 134

‘Expressive bodies and imaging desire: Deleuze’s practical Spinozism’

Marjorie Gracieuse

The ethical gesture common to Spinoza and Deleuze is not only that of classifying images and concepts according to what they make us feel, see, think and do, but also that of promoting a new understanding of imagination, conceived as psycho-physical power both capable of hindering and intensifying our life. If imagination first determines our servitude, rendering us dependent on impressions and external causes, it is also the necessary step towards a more intense and enlightened life, for it signals the body’s intrinsic power to reinvest the traces of its impressions and develop a new comprehension of its perceptive and cognitive processes. This paper explores the ambivalent status of images in Deleuze’s philosophy in light of Spinoza’s theory of images in order to understand in what sense, for Deleuze, the act of creation, whether it be philosophical, scientific or artistic, is always to be conceived as an imaging act of resistance to the present of established values or clichés. Indeed, the desiring production that emanates from the passionate bodies that we are does not cease to disrupt the rigid codes and lines that make us believe in the apparent necessity of this world’s organisation. Not only does creation bear a visionary value that escapes any historical determinations and judgements of expertise, but it also signals, through its multiple cultural expressions, an inalienable potential of inner liberation common to all living bodies.

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Marjorie Gracieuse on November 5th, 2012. Dr. Gracieuse is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick, UK.

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November 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Civilisation and Change conference 3-4 Nov İSAM

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Civilisation and Change conference 3-4 Nov İSAM

Panels in English, Turkish, Arabic

Venue is İSAM (29 Mayıs Üniv.) near Altunizade Metrobüs, NOT İSAR 

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November 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

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Philosophy Student Conference in Sakarya

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Sakarya Üniversitesi Felsefe Topluluğu 1. Sakarya Üniversitesi Felsefe Öğrencileri Kongresi’ni gerçekleştiriyor…

Sakarya Üniversiteli Felsefe Öğrencileri, Felsefe Bölüm Mezunları ve Sosyal Bilimciler 11 Aralık 2012’de Kongre Merkezinde fikirleriyle bir araya geliyorlar…

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November 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

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