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Philosophy in Assos, This year on Nietzsche, July 1st-4th, 2013

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Philosophy in Assos this year will be on Friedrich Nietzsche. And, as always there is a great line-up of speakers and social activities. Details can be found here.

July 1, Monday

19:00 Temple of Athena: Welcome, Blue Waters, Wine & Sunset

21:30 Dinner at the Harbour (Nazlıhan Hotel Restaurant)

July 2, Tuesday

13:00 John Richardson (New York University): “Nietzsche’s Naturalized Values”

14:00 Kenneth Gemes (Birbeck College): “Nietzsche on the Value of Truth”

15:00 Alexander Aichele (Martin Luther University): “Causation and Reality: Nietzsche on What There Is.”

16:00 Örsan K. Öymen ( Isik University): “Nietzsche’s Scepticism”

17:00 Christa Davis Acampora (Hunter College): “Nietzsche’s Critical Philosophy”

18:00 Werner Stegmaier (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald): “Subject(iv)ity: Nietzsche, Before and After”

20:00 Dinner at the Village (Assosyal Hotel Restaurant)

July 3, Wednesday

13:00 Ivan Soll (University Of Wisconsin-Madison):  “Nietzsche on Pleasure and Power.”

14:00 Bernard Reginster (Brown University): “Suffering, Ressentiment, and Will to Power.”

15:00 Simon May (King’s College London): “Does Nietzsche Affirm Life?”

16:00 Graham Parkes (University College Cork): “Nietzsche’s Care for Stone: The Dead, Dance, and Flying”

17:00 Oruç Aruoba (Independent Researcher): “A Key to Nietzsche: Death.”

18:00  Gary Shapiro (University of Richmond):  “The Time of the Political After World-History.”

19:00 Rainer Hanshe (Independent Researcher): “Zarathustra’s Stillness: Dreaming and the Art of Incubation”

20:30 Dinner

22:30 Classical Music at the Ancient Theater (Anne Monika Sommer-Bloch)

23:00 Symposium at the Ancient Theater with Dionysos (Oruç Aruoba)

July 4, Thursday

15:00 Visit to the ancient city of Troy

20:30 Farewell Dinner (Assos Terrace Hotel Restaurant)

PS: All sessions are in English. There is no translation. All meetings take place at the Assos Terrace Hotel. (tel: 90-286-7640285)

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Antonio Negri in Istanbul for conference organised by Monokl (27th and 28th of April, 2013)

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Monokl is organising a conference next Saturday and Sunday on:

‘New Forms of Freedom and the Subject’

The participants include: Antonio Negri, Judith Revel, Marco Assennato, and Ahmet Soysal. Details can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Two talks on Ancient Philosophy at Koc University: Nicholas D. Smith (Lewis & Clark College) and Stelios C. Zyglidopoulos (University of Cambridge) [22/04/2013 & 24/04/2013]

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Nicholas D. Smith (Lewis & Clark College)

‘Socrates on Practical Deliberation’

Monday 22 April 15.30-17.00, room CAS B34, sponsored by CSSH

An argument has recently been made for the claim that Socratic philosophy leaves little room for practical deliberation. The gist of this argument is both simple and powerful: Socrates appears to regard any decision-making that is done in ignorance to be unjustified. Contemptuous, for example, of the opinions of those he calls “the many,” Socrates seems only to offer, as an alternative, only the exhortation to “lead the examined life.” But this advice can hardly serve to tell anyone (for example Euthyphro, as he considers whether to prosecute his father) what they should do in any given case. In this paper, I offer an explanation of how Socratic philosophy can actually support a wide range of practical deliberation—even for those who, like Socrates, recognize that they are ignorant of “the most important things.”


Stelios C. Zyglidopoulos (University of Cambridge)

‘The ability to rule versus the ability to become a ruler in Plato’

Wednesday 24 April, 12.30-14.00, room CAS 124, co-sponsored by GSSSH, CASE, and GSB

ABSTRACT: In this paper, I argue that there are more subtle reasons behind Plato’s pessimism that reside within the philosopher herself and the training that she has to undertake in order to become a philosopher. In particular, I argue that Plato had three additional reasons behind his belief in the incompatibility, within the same person, of the abilities to rule and the abilities to become a ruler. First, physical limitations would most likely prevent one from becoming a philosopher while still having enough time to train and engage in the ways of conventional politics, needed in becoming a ruler. In the terms of the ship of state simile (Republic, 488a-489c) there is not enough time in one’s life to both learn to read the stars and the winds, and learn how to get the ship owner drunk and flatter the crew. Second, for psychological reasons, a philosopher most likely cannot compete for political power without having a disadvantage in such a competition. Third, the two abilities, ruling and becoming a ruler, are, according to Plato, as incompatible with one another as are the abilities of the cook and the doctor (Gorgias 465b) or more to the point the rhetorician and the philosopher, who is trained in dialectic.


Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Talk at Yeditepe: Manuel Knoll (Fatih University) on ‘Machiavelli’s Political Ethics’ (18/04/2013)

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Professor Manuel Knoll (Fatih University) will give a talk at 2pm on,

“Machiavelli’s Political Ethics”

18/4/2013,  at Yeditepe University.  Room: Hukuk 329 –

Information from English Language and Literature Dept, 8th floor Güzel Sanat Binası

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Talk at Bogazici: Sorin Baiasu (Keele) on “The Normative Force of Kant’s Formula of Universal Law” 18/04/2013

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Sorin Baiasu (Keele) will give a talk on Thursday, April 18th at Bogazici University, room TB130, from 5-7pm.

“The Normative Force of Kant’s Formula of Universal Law”

ABSTRACT: There is a perceivable shift in the literature on Kant’s Categorical Imperative: whereas for many years commentators have been engaged in disputes over how the Formula of Universal Law (FUL) should be interpreted in order to provide a test for the moral permissibility of maxims, more recently they have started to doubt and even reject the normative force of the FUL, and have focused instead on the Formula of the End in Itself (FEI). Moreover, in contrast to those interpreters who have used the FEI to argue for the value-based character of Kant’s ethics, more recent commentators reject a value-based reading of Kant. In this paper, I examine Mark Timmons’s recent innovative interpretation, and I aim to challenge his claim that the FUL does not have the normative force to distinguish between morally permissible and morally impermissible actions.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Talk at Bogazici, Joseph Prud’homme (Washington College) on “Religion and Politics in Aquinas.” (05/04/2013)

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UPDATE: This talk has been CANCELLED due to the hospitalization of the speaker. (He is now in a stable condition but was very sick).

Joseph Prud’homme (Washington College) will give a talk at Bogazici University on Friday, April 5th from 5-7pm in TB130

“Religion and Politics in Aquinas.”

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 1, 2013 at 9:26 am