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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.

Written by Sandrine Berges

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/

Written by rainerbroemer

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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