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Talk, Barry Allen (McMaster U.), “Knowledge and Wisdom in Comparative Perspective”

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Talk, Barry Allen (McMaster U.), “Knowledge and Wisdom in Comparative Perspective”

Friday, Nov 29, 5-7pm, TB (Anderson Hall) 130, Bogazici University
Abstract:

This talk is an essay in Comparative Philosophy, comparing ancient and modern western ideas of knowledge and wisdom with the conception found in classical Chinese thought. Compared with the Greeks and their contemplative theory the Chinese are pragmatists. Compared with the Moderns and their epistemology the Chinese are postmodern. Problematic ideas of truth and representation play no part in their understanding of knowledge or its value. Nor does their perplexity about knowledge turn on untenable dichotomies like mind and matter, being and becoming, or appearance and reality. Their questions concern, for example, the relation of knowledge to wisdom and virtue; the limits of its effectiveness; and the right appreciation of its contribution to civilized life. These are not logical but ethical questions, questions not about essence or being but quality and value. What desirable quality distinguishes knowledge? What value makes it wise and worth pursuing?

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November 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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Turkey’s Philosophy Association’s 25th Istanbul Seminar

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Turkey’s Philosophy Association’s 25th Istanbul Seminar

28-29 November 2013 Yeditepe University (mostly in Turkish)

TÜRKİYE FELSEFE KURUMU        

İSTANBUL SEMİNERLERİ: XXV

 

SİYASET FELSEFESİ VE ETİK:

  KAVRAMLAR, SORUNLAR

                    28-29 Kasım 2013

T.C.Yeditepe Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Konferans Salonu

26 Ağustos Yerleşimi, Kayışdağı Caddesi 34755

Kayışdağı / Ataşehir- İstanbul

Tel: 216-578 08 87

sbabur@yeditepe.edu.tr

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 Kasım 2013, Perşembe

 

Açılış

10.00-10.30                : Saffet Babür

T.C.Yeditepe Üniversitesi

Felsefe Bölümü Başkanı

                                        

: Ioanna Kuçuradi

Türkiye Felsefe Kurumu Başkanı

      

 

Birinci Oturum

10.30-12.30

 

Oturum Başkanı        : Saffet Babür

 

Çetin Türkyılmaz     :“Erdem ve İyi Yaşam Siyaseti”

 

İsmail Demirdöven  :“Toplumsal Olan, “Ressentiment İnsanı” ve

  Siyaset”

 

Mustafa Dağlı            :“Etik Diye Bir Şey Var mı?: ‘Politika’ ve

                                      Politika”

 

12.30-14.00                            Öğle arası

 

İkinci Oturum

14.00-15.30

 

Oturum Başkanı        : Tüten Anğ

 

Tülin Bumin              :“Sol, Siyasallık, Demokrasi”

 

Nebil Reyhani          :Çıkar Kavramı Bağlamında Ortak  

                                      Çıkar, Ulusal Çıkar ve Ulusal/Uluslararası

                                      Politika Dikatomisi”

 

Muttalip Özcan          : “Etik ve Siyasetin İnsanlaşmadaki Rolü “

 

 

15.30-16.00                            Ara

 

 

Üçüncü Oturum

16.00-17.30

 

Oturum Başkanı              : Doğan Özlem

 

Özge Yücel Dericiler      :“İnsan Haklarının Gerçekleştiği Bir  

  Uluslararası Düzen İçin Devletlerin           

  Ahlaki Yükümlülüklerinin Sınırları”

 

 

Güneş Toros Esgün       :“Siyasetin Özerkliğinden Etiğin       

                                                 Siyasallığına”

 

Özge Ejder-Johnson       :“Tartışılamaz Olanın Sınırında

                                                 İfade Özgürlüğü”

Ahmet Ulvi Türkbağ      :“Dworkin’in Temel Görüşlerinin

                                                 Felsefi Kökenleri”

 

 

29 Kasım 2013, Cuma

 

Dördüncü Oturum

10.00-12.30

 

Oturum Başkanı                    : Betül Çotuksöken

 

Kemal Akkurt                      :“Yerel Yönetimlerde Siyaset veEtik”

  

 

Kurtul Gülenç           :“Demokrasi ve Meşruiyet Problemi:

Siyaset Felsefesinde Çağdaş   

Tartışmalar”

 

Levent Kavas                        :“Ayrılıkçı Ortaklık”

 

 

 

12.30-14.00                            Öğle arası

 

 

 

Beşinci Oturum

14.00-15.30

 

Oturum Başkanı        : Zekiye Kutlusoy

                                     

Abdullah Kaygı          :“Siyaset ve İnsan”

 

Harun Tepe                :“Siyasetin Etiğe İhtiyacı Var mı?”

 

Elis Simson                :“Etik ve Politikanın Kesişiminde Affetmenin  

                                      İmkânları ve İmkânsızlıkları”

 

 

15.30-16.00                                    Ara

 

 

Altıncı Oturum

16.00-17.30                 

 

Oturum Başkanı        : Harun Tepe

 

Manuel Knoll             :Aristotle’s Practical Philosophy: The Unity of

                                     Ethics and Political Philosophy

 

Berfin Kart                :“Siyaset Filozofu Olarak I. Kant”

 

Nalan Saraç               :“Badiou’da Siyasî Hakikat”

 

 

 

 

Türkiye Felsefe Kurumu

Ahmet Rasim Sokak 8/2, 06550 Çankaya, Ankara

Tel: 312-440 74 08

turkiyefelsefekurumu@gmail.com

www.tfk.org.tr

This is an additional website:

http://felsefegazetesi.com/turkiye-felsefe-kurumu-istanbul-seminerleri-xxv-siyaset-felsefesi-ve-etik-kavramlar-sorunlar-28-29-kasim-2013/

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November 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Social, Ethical, Legal Aspects

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On Sat 30 Nov 2013, a one-day symposium on Social, Ethical, and Legal Aspects of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine will be held at 29 Mayıs Üniversitesi/İSAM in Altunizade (Üsküdar, İstanbul), no registration required. 

Working language is Turkish.

When you click on the programme, the image expands to readable size…

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November 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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Talk at ITU, 13:30. 26.11.13, Başak Keki, University of Sussxex, ‘Nietzsche on Individuation’

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Başak Keki (University of Sussex)

‘Nietzsche on Individuation: Cultivating a Style of Character’

Tuesday 26th November, 2013

13:30

Istanbul Technical University

(Central Campus)

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science

Seminar Room

Maslak

Istanbul

(Campus is by the ITU-Ayazağa Metro station, it may be useful to note that the campus and station are in Maslak, not Ayazağa, which is a nearby but separate district)

 

Written by Barry Stocker

November 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

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John Harris (Manchester) workshop at BETIM Center for Medical Humanities in Istanbul 23 Nov 2013

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How to get there (nearest tram stop: Fındıkzade):

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November 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Talk at Bogazici University this Friday: Peter Park (UT Dallas), “Enlightenment Anthropology and the Rewriting of the History of Philosophy: On the Origins of Eurocentrism in Philosophy”

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talk, Peter Park (UT Dallas), “Enlightenment Anthropology and the Rewriting of the History of Philosophy: On the Origins of Eurocentrism in Philosophy”

Friday, November 22, 5-7pm

TB (Anderson Hall) 130

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November 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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Live like a Stoic week is coming up: November 25th – December 1st, 2013

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Philosophers from Birkbeck, University of London, and the University of Exeter, and psychotherapists are calling on people to live like a Stoic for a week, from 25 November – 1 December 2013. Details can be found here. And here’s a link to the Stoic Week 2013 Handbook.

Might be of interest to people into Philosophy as a way of life.

 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Conference at Bilgi University on: THE TRADITION OF REPUBLICAN THOUGHT AND MIDDLE EASTERN PRACTICES (29/11/2013)

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There will be a one day conference at Bilgi University on Friday, November 29th on their Santral campus (room E3-101) from 10am – 3.30pm:

THE TRADITION OF REPUBLICAN THOUGHT AND MIDDLE EASTERN PRACTICES

The speakers are: Philip Pettit (Princeton), Nathan Tarcov (Chicago), Richard Dagger (Richmond), Ofra Bengio (Tel Aviv), Murat Borovali (Bilgi) and Larbi Sadiki (Quatar).

Together with a couple of Bogazici Graduate students, we will be having a short reading group on Philip Pettit’s new book “On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy” before the conference. If anyone would like to join this reading group please feel free to get in touch. I guess we will try and meet two times between now and next Friday.  (lthorpe@gmail.com). I will be teaching a class on ‘Republicanism, Democracy and Freedom’ at Bogazici next semester, that will draw on Pettit’s work.

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November 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) talk at ITU 19th November, 13:30“Can We Have a Duty to Kill Our Neighbors? : Moral Pluralism, Moral Conflict and the Duty to Enter the Civil Condition in Kant”

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“Can We Have a Duty to Kill Our Neighbors? : Moral Pluralism, Moral Conflict and the Duty to Enter the Civil Condition in Kant”

Lucas Thorpe (Department of Philosophy) Boğaziçi University

Tuesday November 19th, starting 13:30. Abstract can be found here.

Istanbul Technical University (Central Campus Maslak)

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science

Seminar Room

Campus is next to ITU metro station

Written by Barry Stocker

November 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Talk, Nazif Muhtaroglu: “Metaphysical Dimensions of Occasionalism: A Comparative Study between Islamic and Cartesian Traditions”

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Friday, November 15, 5-7pm

Bogazici University

TB 130 (Anderson Hall)

ABSTRACT:

If you wonder what would be a decent metaphysical theory that came to be
known as an ad hoc response to a certain problem, I suggest you to look at
occasionalism. Occasionalism in the Western tradition is usually
associated with Nicolas Malebranche, a Cartesian philosopher and Christian
priest. Classical textbooks of a certain period in the 20th century
presented Malebranche’s occasionalism as an ad hoc solution to the
mind-body problem that was inherited from Descartes. Malebranche held that
God is the only causal agent, and both minds and bodies are causally inert
in equal terms. Thus, there is no need to explain how mind and body
causally interact because they do not interact at all. God constantly
maintains the perfect correlation between mental and physical states, as
He creates the proper bodily movements on the occasion of mental events
and vice versa. Although Malebranche applied occasionalism to the
so-called mind-body problem, he did not present occasionalism just out of
a motivation to solve this problem. The ad-hoc narrative has been severely
criticized by several scholars who exposed the wider dimensions and
arguments of Malebranche and presented the ideas of Islamic
occasionalists. Since then, occasionalism came to be known as an
independent theory of causality but its wider metaphysical dimensions have
not been revealed sufficiently. Furthermore, treating occasionalism just a
theory of causality leaves us with certain paradoxes usually associated
with occasionalism. Thus, I propose to respond to those paradoxes by
displaying the wider metaphysical dimensions of occasionalism on the basis
of a careful research on the ideas of Muslim occasionalists and
Malebranche.

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November 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

Manuel Knoll, Istanbul Technical University, 17th December. ‘Max Weber’s Interpretation of Machiavelli. The Consequence of Political Realism for the Relation of Ethics and Politics’

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Prof. Dr. Manuel Knoll, Boğaziçi University
‘Max Webers Interpretation of Machiavelli. The Consequences of Political Realism for the Relation of Ethics and Politics’

This paper investigates Machiavelli’s influence on Max Weber’s political thought. It points out the views held in common by both writers on politics, which revolve around their political realism. If politics is based on power and force, a specific ethics needs to be developed for this area of human conduct. The thesis of the paper is that Weber’s concept of an “ethics of responsibility” was inspired by Machiavelli’s political ethics.

The talk begins at 13:30

on

17.12.13

Location

Istanbul Technical University

Central Campus (Maslak)

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science

Seminar Room

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November 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Barry Allen on Aesthetics of Engineering, 12th November, Istanbul Technical University

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Professor Barry Allen of the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University, currently visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University, will give a talk on ‘Aesthetics of Engineering’ to the Culture and Art Club (Kültür ve Sanat Birliği), Istanbul Technical University, at the central Campus, 12:30, 12.11.2013.

Written by Barry Stocker

November 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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Wed. Nov. 27th Prof. Bernard Flynn (The New School, NY) at Koç: “Machiavelli and the Origins of Modern Politics”

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Professor Bernard Flynn will give a talk at Koç University on Wednesday, November 27th, at 16: 45 in the Social Sciences building room 104, entitled “Machiavelli and the Origins of Modern Politics.”

All welcome!

Abstract: This paper shows how Machiavelli breaks with the traditions of both classical political philosophy and Christianity. Contrary to what many other interpreters claim, this break does not issue in the positivism of political science. Following the political philosophy of Claude Lefort, I will contend that Machiavelli elaborates nothing less than, as Lefort writes in Le travail de l’oeuvre Machiavel,  “a new ontology.” The Prince  is read not as a handbook for governing, but rather as a phenomenology of the process by which political power becomes anonymous, no longer invested in the person of the prince, but in the place which he occupies. The paper will also suggest the direction of Lefort’s  thought after his work on Machiavelli.

More info at: http://events.ku.edu.t/d/527229441488

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 then dolmuş to campus or the direct bus to campus (number 154). Warning: afternoon 154 buses are rare, the recommended schedule is the 3:40 bus to Campus. Alternately, bus 150 will leave you at the campus gates.

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November 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Writing Women’s Lives in Istanbul

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Feminist History of Philosophy

This event : Writing Women’s Lives: Auto/Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography, seems like a very good opportunity to talk feminist history of philosophy!

The deadline for abstract submissions is 30 November.

The symposium will take place at Yeditepe, in Istanbul between 17 and 21 April.

Abstracts can be submitted online here, and there are several possible subject headings for writing about women philosophers.

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Written by Sandrine Berges

November 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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Milesian Philosophers in Aydin

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ANADOLU’DA FELSEFEYE YOLCULUK-III:

MİLETOSLU FİLOZOFLAR: THALES, ANAKSİMANDROS VE ANAKSİMENES

Yer: Aydın

Tarih: 8-9 Kasım 2013

Açılış Konuşmaları:  9.30-10.30

Türkiye Felsefe Kurumu Başkanı

                        Aydın Belediye Başkanı (Katıldıkları Takdirde)

        Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Rektörü

    Aydın Valisi (Katıldıkları Takdirde)

This is a symposium in Turkish on the Milesians on 8-9 November. The title claims that the focus will be Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, but there is also a talk on Aspasia by Hatice Nur Erkizan.

Full details here.

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November 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

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Talk at Bogazici: Rögnvaldur (‘Valdi’) Ingthorsson, Lund University: ‘McTaggart’s Paradox: Obscure or Misunderstood?’

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Friday, November 8
 
5pm, TB 130. 
 
ABSTRACT
There are few items in the philosophy of time that have received as much attention for the last century than McTaggart’s notorious argument for the unreality of time. Richard Gale observes that if “one looks carefully enough into the multitudinous writings on time by analysts, one can detect a common underlying problem, that being that almost all of them were attempting to answer McTaggart’s paradox” (1968, p. 6). The argument has in any case been extremely controversial. Practically everyone rejects the conclusion that time is unreal, and hardly anybody agrees on the content or professed validity of the argument, or of any of the many reinterpretations that have been offered. In this talk I will argue (or, really, demonstrate) that the argument has been found to be obscure because it has always been treated as a self-contained argument that is independent of the rest of McTaggart’s metaphysics. It has been treated that way in spite of McTaggart’s own words to the contrary. When it is treated as an argument that takes McTaggart’s metaphysics as given, then it comes across as a straightforward demonstration of a contradiction from certain premises. I will present what those premises are and how the argument builds on them. This does not mean that I think McTaggart is right. I think he is wrong but my disagreement with him revolves around the validity of the initial premises rather than on some mistake in the argumentation. In particular it is interesting that one of the premises is a thesis that is known today as the principle of temporal parity; the thesis that all moments of time are equally existent and real. The principle of temporal parity is a cornerstone in the so called B-view of time, but it is typically rejected by adherents to the A-view. To my mind, this shows that McTaggart’s argument is circular if it is understood as an attempt to refute the A-view. Besides presenting my own positive understanding of the argument for the unreality of time, I will also argue that many of the more popular objections levelled at the argument are misguided. For instance, the claim that McTaggart misunderstands temporal language is based on the assumption that McTaggart was occupied with the same kind of semantic analysis that only became fashionable with the next generation of philosophers. However, this assumption is completely at odds with McTaggart’s own positive views about language and meaning. 

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November 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

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