Archive for July 2013
Talk at Bogazici: Jon Mahoney (Kansas State) on “Democratic Equality and Religious Freedom” 01/08/2013
Jon Mahoney (Kansas State University) will give a talk this Thursday (01/08/2013) from 5-7pm in TB130. Everyone welcome.
“Democratic Equality and Religious Freedom”
ABSTRACT: In this paper I defend a democratic equality approach to religious freedom. The focus is on a perennial problem in modern political philosophy: How can state religion policy be reconciled to what political morality demands and what political reality permits? Putting the question this way makes clear how in applied political philosophy we are interested in addressing some of the inevitable conflicts that arise between moral requirements for political legitimacy and the circumstances that limit the set of feasible yet legitimate options.
I wrote a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education on whether “area of specialization” is legitimate in philosophy. You can check it out here.
Professor Ivan Soll (Wisconsin-Madison) will give a talk at Bogazici University on Thursday 18/07/2013, in TB130 from 5-7pm. Everyone welcome.
“In Praise of Illusion.”
ABSTRACT: A wide ranging discussion of various attitudes to illusions, both perceptual and intellectual, in Descartes, the Empiricists, Kant, Schopenhauer, 20th century aesthetic theory, and Nietzsche, and including my own views about the matter.
A friend writes:
“Ontology as Wisdom Practice:
Parmenides’ Poem, Plato’s Republic (Book 1), Ion and Parmenides”
Summer Seminar at Galatasaray University
July 15th, 17th, 19th, 2013.
Seminar leader: Eric Sanday (University of Kentucky)
Logistics: The seminar will take place from 18:00 to 20:00 at the Seminar Room at GSU. If you encounter problems getting in the university, call Ömer Orhan Aygün at 0543-3815091. The sessions will be in English. Hesiod’s Theogony is also a recommended secondary reading.
Content: The purpose of this seminar is to study what is called in the Platonic dialogues the “turning of the soul from becoming to being.” We’ll start with reflecting on the difference between being and beings in Parmenides’ poem. We’ll then see how Socrates’ appeal to forms as a normative basis for knowledge and expertise in Republic 1 and Ion draws on the ontological insights we were invited to witness in the poem. In the third session, which is on the first part of Plato’s Parmenides, we’ll see that the ontological insight in the poem and in Republic 1 is immediately subject to, and intelligible in terms of, categories that we know cannot properly apply to being. That is to say: we can win for ourselves true insight into the meaning of being, and yet we cannot help but submit this insight to inappropriate categories. The practical ramifications of this study are significant. I claim that it provides us with a model of rationality and divinity that is caringly attentive to the sources of being while remaining properly self-critical. In short, what we win from this study is a robust conception of rational theology that has a praxical dimension and does not fall prey to certain key historical misconceptions and misappropriations of the Platonic project.
I’m mainly reblogging this because it links to Şerife’s article on Turkish bioethics.
Although the protestors in Gezi park and throughout Turkey are united by the desire for a more democratic process, as witness the numerous assemblies that have been taking place in parks everywhere in the country, there are a number of distinct issues motivating discontent – that is, there’s plenty of discrimination and infringement of rights going around, whether for the Alevis, the Kurds, the leftists, journalists, the LGBT community, or women.
One (of several) important background story as far as women’s particular motivation for participating in the protests is the ongoing, and recently revived threat on their reproductive rights. One year ago, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan voiced his conviction that abortion was tantamount to murder, (and the result of a foreign plot to prevent the growth of Turkey) and propose that it should be made illegal. C-sections, which he had heard somewhere might…
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