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Malcolm Schofield At Koç University: Infancy and Childhood in Ancient Greek Philosophy

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As part of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series, Professor Malcolm Schofield (Cambridge) will be at Koç University, Monday 7th October 2013, at 16:00 in Room CAS 133.

Abstract: Childhood is often thought to have started to become a subject of intellectual interest in its own right only with the beginnings of romanticism in Western Europe in the late eighteenth century. But for ancient Greek philosophers – including Heraclitus, Plato, the Stoics, and the Epicureans – childhood and infancy already represented paradigms good to think with about a whole range of important topics. This lecture will discuss the use of the paradigm in their explorations of our access to knowledge, their discussions of the foundations of ethics, and their treatment of the role of play in a well-ordered human life.

More info on http://cssh.ku.edu.tr/phil/events

All welcome!


Going to Koç University:

From Sarıyer: Dolmuş leave from Sarıyer Iskelesı to Koç university every ten minutes or so. Warning: some Dolmuş will leave you at the gate of the campus, a 15-minute walk away from the main building and the event venue. Dolmuş going all the way leave from Sarıyer every 30 minutes or so. Allow 30 Minutes for the ride.

From Haciosman Metro: take a taxi to campus (app. 20TL), a bus to Sarıyer or the direct bus to Campus (number 154). Warning: there is no bus 154 between 9:40 and 16:20. Alternately, you may take bus 150 that will leave you at the campus gates.



Written by fchouraqui

September 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Grounding and Fundamentality in Metaphysics and in Ethics

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Conference at Bogazici University, Istanbul
10-12 October 2013

All sessions are at Demir Demirgil Room in the OFB building on South Campus, Bogazici University.

Keynote Speakers: Ruth Chang, Janice Dowell
Invited Participants: Tristram McPherson, Pekka Väyrynen

October 10 Thursday
10:00 – 12:00    Alexander Steinberg (University of Hamburg) “Holism about Moral Reasons and Universalizability”
12:00 – 13:00     Lunch     
13:00 – 15:00     Derek Baker (Lingnan University) “Why Should I—If You Can’t Explain Normativity?”
15:00 – 15:15     Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:15     Ana Laura Edelhoff (Humboldt-Universitat Zu Berlin) “Grounding in Aristotle”
19:00     Dinner

October 11 Friday
10:00 – 12:00     Jussi Suikkanen (University of Birmingham) “Ethical Theories and the Correlation Problem”
12:00 – 13:00    Lunch
13:00 – 15:00     Ralf Bader (New York University) “Two Levels of Good-Making”
15:00 – 15:15     Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:15     Tristram McPherson (Virginia Tech) TBA
17:15 – 18:00     Coffee Break
18:00 – 19:40     Keynote Speaker: Janice Dowell (Syracuse University)
20:00     Dinner

October 12 Saturday
10:00 – 12:00     Ryo Chonabayashi  “Normative Explanations and Reductive Explanation Problem”
12:00 – 13:00     Lunch     
13:00 – 15:00     Andrew Jones (St. Louis University) “Moral Supervenience, Dispositional Essentialism, and Robust Metaethical                             Realism”
15:00 – 15:15     Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:15     Pekka Väyrynen (University of Leeds) TBA
17:15 – 18:00     Coffee Break
18:00 – 19:40     Keynote Speaker: Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)
20:00     Dinner

This conference is made possible by Bogazici University Rector’s Conference and Workshop Support.
All are welcome.


Written by Irem Kurtsal Steen

September 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm

talk at Bogazici: Melis Erdur, “A Moral Argument Against Moral Realism”

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Melis Erdur (INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES AT THE SHALEM CENTER, Jerusalem), will give a talk at Bogazici (abstract below)

Wednesday, September 25th, Anderson Hall (TB) 130



“A Moral Argument Against Moral Realism”

If what is morally right or wrong were ultimately a function of our opinions, then even such reprehensible actions as genocide and slavery would be morally right, had we approved of them.  Many moral philosophers find this conclusion objectionably permissive, and to avoid it they posit a moral reality that exists independently of what anyone thinks.  The notion of an independent moral reality has been subjected to meticulous metaphysical, epistemological and semantic criticism, but it is hardly ever examined from a moral point of view.  In this essay I offer such a critique.  I argue that the appeal to an independent moral reality as a ground for moral obligations constitutes asubstantive moral mistake.  However, I do not conclude from this that we must therefore embrace the opposite view that moral truths are ultimately dependent on our attitudes. Rather, I suggest that we reject both of these views and answer the classic meta-ethical question “Is what we morally ought to do ultimately a function of our actual attitudes, or determined independently of them?” with Neither.

Written by markedwardsteen

September 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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Ned Markosian at Bogazici

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We are delighted to have Ned Markosian of Western Washington University join us for a week at Bogazici University. Ned works primarily in metaphysics, but also has work on ethics, decision theory, and epistemology. He will be giving two talks, and we will also have a reading discussion group on a manuscript of his. Please join us if you can.


Talk, Tuesday, Sep 24, 5-7pm

“Do You Know That You Are Not a Brain in a Vat?”

TB (Anderson Hall) 130


Reading discussion group, Thu, Sep 26, 5-7pm

“The Right Stuff” (in the Departmental Dropbox, Reading Groups -> Markosian) (email me for a copy if you can attend and don’t have the departmental dropbox link, and, in any case, please rsvp marksteen[at-symbol]gmail[dot]com)

TB (Anderson Hall) 365 (the Denkel seminar room)


Talk, Friday, Sep 27, 5-7pm

“The A-Theory of Time and Time Travel to the Past”

TB (Anderson Hall) 130

Written by markedwardsteen

September 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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Talk at Bogazici University – Judith Butler, ‘Freedom of Assembly Or Who are the People?’

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September 15, 2013 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm
at the Bogazici University Sports Center
Details and abstract here:

Written by markedwardsteen

September 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

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