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Örsan Öymen at METU 26 December

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Örsan Öymen will give a talk at the Middle East Technical University, Department of
Philosophy on December 26, 2013 Thursday at 15:00 o’clock. (Felsefe
Bolumu, Beseri Bilimler Binası / B103).

The title of his talk is:

“Doubt and Anxiety: An Existentialist Reconstruction of Pyrrhonism”

It will be in English and is open to everyone who is interested.

Written by Sandrine Berges

December 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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Talk in Istanbul: Uygar Abaci (University of Richmond) on ‘Modality and Morality in Kant: A Theory of Practical Cognition’ 24/12/2013

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Uygar Abaci (University of Richmond) will give a talk at Istanbul Technical University, on Tuesday  December 24, 2013 at 13:30 in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

ABSTRACT: In his preface to the Critique of Practical Reason, Kant defines “the enigma of the critical philosophy” in terms of the following conundrum: how can we, as epistemic subjects, retain a theoretical agnosticism with respect to the reality of objects such as freedom, God and the immortality of the soul that lie beyond the limits of our possible experience, and yet assert the reality of these objects “from a practical point of view”, that is, when it comes to considering ourselves as moral subjects (5:5). The solution to the enigma, I suggest, lies in the practical application of Kant’s critical conception of modality. According to this conception, modal concepts such as possibility, actuality and necessity signify the ways in which objects are related or given to the subject rather than the ways objects themselves are. In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant insists that in the theoretical domain objects can only be given to us through a connection with sensible intuition, which makes it impossible for us to grant a real modal status to these supersensible objects and thus renders their concepts merely “problematic” ideas for theoretical reason. However, Kant’s account of moral action in the Critique of Practical Reason assumes that in the moral-practical domain objects are given to us through a connection with the moral law. I argue that it is this special relation that enables us to make modal assertions even of those objects that cannot be given to us in sensible intuition.


Written by Lucas Thorpe

December 23, 2013 at 4:08 am

Talk at Bogazici, Manuel Knoll, “Theodor W. Adorno – Ethics as First Philosophy”

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TB 130 (Anderson Hall)

Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm, December 18



“Theodor W. Adorno – Ethics as First Philosophy” 

According to one prevailing line of interpretation, Adorno’ s philosophy has a theological core. According to another line, his thought culminates in his aesthetics. Against these interpretations the talk aims to reveal the ethical core of Adorno’s whole philosophy. The positive reference point of his critique of the suffering the unjust society causes, is a hedonist ethics that goes back to Aristippus of Kyrene.

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December 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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Talk at Koc – Peter Hagoort (Radboud): “On Speaking Terms with the Social Brain” 23.12.2013

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Peter Hagoort (Radboud) will give a talk at Koc University on Monday December 23rd from 5-7pm. on:

“On Speaking Terms with the Social Brain”

Details can be found here.

ABSTRACT: Despite a large amount of genetic overlap between humans and other primates, the expansion of the human brain is both substantial and remarkable. Two interrelated evolutionary developments might have provided the selectional pressures that resulted in our enlarged brains. One is the increased complexity of the social organization in human tribes. The other is the emergence of an intricate and open-ended communication system: language. I will discuss recent evidence from brain imaging that provides insights into the psychological and neurobiological infrastructure for our social behaviour and for human communication. I will show that social conformity in humans is regulated by dopamine in the reward system. I will also show that inferences about the intentions behind the exchange of linguistic utterances depend on the Theory of Mind network in the brain. Moreover, the brain measures indicate substantial individual differences, explaining why not all humans are equally equipped with social and communicative skills.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

December 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

David Butorac at ODTÜ / METU: Demiurgic Blues: can there be a Neoplatonic Science of Nature?

The paper will look at the Neoplatonic reception of the “Timaeus”, along with other Platonic conceptions about the nature of the sensible, and how this relates to the Platonic demand for stable objects of thought. However, I will argue, because everything other than the first principle – both the content of thought and the constitution of the sensible – is composed of the Dyad of limit and unlimited, it renders the human soul incapable of having stable object, apart from the One. A science of nature is, in principle, impossible. Further, I will show that Proclus was trying to overcome precisely the problem of the One’s separation from multiplicity and to ground a science in that principle, but could not achieve this end.

Monday, December 16, ODTÜ / METU, room B103 in the Beşeri Binası at 14.40.

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December 16, 2013 at 5:22 am

Tom Regan and Will Kymlicka in Istanbul 12 December 2013

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Tom Regan and Will Kymlicka in Istanbul 12 December 2013

If you plan to attend, please contact Demet Esra Kose
demetesra {at} gmail.com

Written by rainerbroemer

December 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Philosophers speaking at Animal Politics event, Istanbul 12th-13th Dec.

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Animal Politics: Theory and Practice

International Symposium
12 and 13 December 2013 * Larespark Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

The symposium is organised by the Animal Politics Foundation (APF), the foundation that organises and coordinates the international activities of the Party for the Animals.
Contact details:info@animalpoliticsfoundation.nl


Written by Barry Stocker

December 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

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