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Talk at Sabancı: Robert Nola (Auckland), On the question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’

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On the question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’

by Robert Nola (Auckland University), May 7, 2014 at 15:00 in FASS 2034, Sabancı University

Abstract: Some say that this time-honoured question is a significant question the answer to which is deeply puzzling. Others say that the question makes some false presuppositions and as a result no real question has been posed. The paper will review some of the arguments about this question, including considerable refinement of what the question means and whether or not there could be a meaningful response on a priori philosophical grounds or on empirical grounds.


Written by faikkurtulmus

April 30, 2014 at 10:48 am

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Senior thesis event at Bilkent

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Senior thesis event at Bilkent

Final year students at Bilkent Philosophy department will present their senior thesis on Tuesday 27 May, in G160. All welcome.

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

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Int. Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science at Bogazici University

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Web: http://cogsci.boun.edu.tr/isbcs/2014/

Location: Garanti Kültür Merkezi, Uçaksavar Kampüsü, Bogazici University

Date: 20 April 2014, Sunday

Registration: Free


9.50 Welcome

Albert Ali Salah (Bogaziçi University), Cem Bozsahin (METU), Simay Ikier (Yeditepe University)

10.00-11.20: Invited Session (Session Chair: Oguz Tanridag, Üsküdar University)

Kourken Michealian (Bilkent University), Episodic memory in evolutionary perspective

Deniz Yüret (Koç University), Learning and disambiguating word categories

11.20-11.40: Break

11.40-12.40: Keynote Session (Session Chair: Baris Korkmaz, Istanbul University)

Gary Cottrell (UCSD), Solving the visual expertise mystery: Why is the fusiform face area recruited for other domains of expertise?

12.40-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-15.40: Invited Session (Session Chair, Gün Semin, Koç University)

Resit Canbeyli (Bogazici University), When Time and Light Interact: Rhythms of Life and Death

Deniz Zeyrek (METU), Turkish Discourse Bank, Discourse, Discourse Structure

15.40-17.00: Poster session (23 posters)

17.00-18.00: Keynote session (Session Chair: Tamer Demiralp, Istanbul University):

Erol Basar (Istanbul Kültür University), CLAIR: A Dynamic Model to Extend (Replace) the Concept of Brodman Areas

18.00 Panel session: Cognitive Science or Cognitive Sciences: Is our field unified?

Cem Bozsahin (METU, panel chair), Gary Cottrell (UCSD),Güven Güzeldere (Harvard University), Hakan Gürvit (Istanbul University), Ilhan Inan (Bogazici University)

Poster Session – List of Posters: 

Atilla Erol, Betül Dilan Genç, Efe Saglam, Eren Günsan and Naim Aktan

How Does Facial Stimuli Exposure Time Affect the Assessment of Attractiveness?


Gulten Unal and Annette Hohenberger

The Development of Episodic Cognition and Mental Time Travel in Turkish Preschoolers: What, Where, and When


Yasmine Jraissati, Nadiya Slobodenyuk, Ali Kanso, Lama Ghanem and Imad El Hajj

Haptic and tactile adjectives are consistently represented in color space


Elcin Baykal and Sonia Amado

Investigation of the Effects of Mood on Error Awareness by Using Eye-Tracking Methodology


Annette Hohenberger, Asli Altan, Utku Kaya, Özgün Köksal Tuncer and Enes Avcu

Early sensitivity of Turkish infants to vowel harmony in stem-suffix sequences: impact of computational complexity


Berna Uzundag, Aysecan Boduroglu, Elif Eylül Tekin and Aylin C. Küntay

The Role of Event Segmentation in Narrative Recall


Yasin Kaygusuz, Murat Perit çakir and Ibrahim Ihsan Taskiran

A Computational Model of Pilot Spatial Cognition Performing Basic VFR Tasks Depending on the Differential Field Theory


Doruk Özdemir, Tuna Çakar and Murat Perit Çakir

A Case Study of Problem Solving via Eye-Tracking


Emine Eren and Betil Eröz-Tuga

State of the Art “Cognitive Studies in Second Language Learning/Acquisition Contexts in Turkey”


Pardis Fallahzadeh

Word Frequency of the Lilia Corpus: Syntactic words vs. Interjections


Enes Avcu, Cem Bozsahin and Deniz Zeyrek

Nouns-first, Verbs-first and Computationally-Easier first: A Preliminary Design to Test the Order of Acquisition


Yusuf Can Semerci, Emin Erkan Korkmaz and Dionysis Goularas

Robot Position Estimation in a Known Environment


Rahmi Elibol and Neslihan Serap Sengör

Modeling the Dopamine Effect on Medium Spiny Neuron Groups


Ülkü Arslan Aydin and Didem Gökçay

Sentiment Analysis of Health-Related Turkish Reviews


Ece K. Takmaz and Cem Bozsahin

A Computational Study on Learning Theories and the Role of Planning in Maze-Learning Environments


Ismet Adnan Ozturel

Bottom-Up Parsing of Linear Indexed Grammars: Proposing a Generalized LR Parser


Duygu Özge

Is child parsing incremental and predictive?


Begum Uyumaz, Cem Bozsahin and Deniz Zeyrek

Turkish resources for visual word recognition


Gökhan Gönül and Deniz Zeyrek

Discourse connectives and lexical cohesion: an experimental investigation of sentence processing in Turkish


Halil Duzcu

Timing in the Dual-task Paradigm and Serial Bottleneck


Ilhan Raman, Evren Raman and Biran Mertan

The first standardised set of 260 colour pictures in Turkish


Deniz Hande Cakmak

Differences in text comprehension depending on presentation modality: tablet vs. paper


Beyza Ates Sen, Mustafa Kaya and Aylin C. Küntay

When Referential Cues are Contradictory: Young Children’s Reliance on Ostensively Cued Pointing vs. Lexical Labels

Written by albertalisalah

April 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Call For Application- Summer School in Political Philosophy

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Methods in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy
16-26 June 2014
Summer School at Keele University (UK), sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research. 

* George Sher (Rice)
* Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Vienna)
* David Owen (Southampton)
* Monica Mookherjee (Keele)
* Glen Newey (Brussels)
* John Horton (Keele)
* Elizabeth Frazer (Oxford)
* Andrew Dobson (Keele)
* Geoffrey Cupit (Waikato)
* Sorin Baiasu (Vienna/Keele)

The School gives 20 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the field of moral and political theory/philosophy a unique opportunity to exchange research and teaching ideas with colleagues from other universities and research institutes. This will be the fifth ECPR Summer School organised at Keele and the first organised by the ECPR Kantian Political Thought Standing Group.

Apart from the taught sessions, there will be student papers, social events and opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside near Keele (including a visit to “Rousseau’s cave”, where he wrote the first drafts of his Confessions).

The Summer School was awarded by the ECPR two travel and accommodation grants (up to €165 each). For further information, please see the Summer School’s website (www.keele.ac.uk/ecprsummerschool).

To apply, please go to: www.keele.ac.uk/ecprsummerschool/applications The deadline for the receipt of applications is 18 April 2014. Acceptances will be emailed by 21 April 2014.

Summer School Convenors:
* Sorin Baiasu, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna/Philosophy Programme, SPIRE, Keele University
* Ruhi Demiray, Philosophy Programme, SPIRE, Keele University/Department of Politics and Public Administration, Kocaeli University

Further Information:
Inquiries concerning the academic programme can be sent to the Summer School coordinator, Sorin Baiasu (sorin.baiasu@univie.ac.at)
For practical questions concerning booking or payment, please contact the Keele Conference Management Team (conference.management@keele.ac.uk or 0044(0)1782 734629)
Further information can be found on the Summer School’s webpages (www.keele.ac.uk/ecprsummerschool) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/summerschoolkeele – do ‘Like’ us if you  can!)

Written by Ruhi

April 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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Talk at Bilkent – Adam Crager (Princeton): “Aristotle on the Finitude of Essence”

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Adam Crager form Princeton University will give a talk at the Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy on April 10, 2014 Thursday at 17:40 o’clock, Room G160.

Written by Doğan Erişen

April 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

Talk, Anita Leirfall (Bergen), “Kant on Absolute Space as a Ground and the Feeling of Inner Difference Between Spatial Directions”

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Bogazici University,

TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130)

Thursday, April 10, 5-7pm

Kant on Absolute Space as a Ground and the Feeling of Inner Difference Between Spatial

In this talk I shall present a novel interpretation of Kant’s argument in his work Concerning the Ultimate Ground of the Differentiation of Directions in Space from 1768 that we have a distinct feeling of an inner difference between directions like, for instance, left and right, in the subject. I will argue that this feeling of an inner difference is caused by a negative magnitude which is causally efficacious. Kant presents his arguments concerning negative magnitudes in his work Attempt to Introduce the Concept of Negative Magnitudes into Philosophy from 1763. In this work he argues that a negative magnitude is an effort, or a power, of the mind. Further, we become conscious of this power of the mind through an inner feeling. A negative magnitude is a special form of mental activity that is neither the spontaneity of a discursive thought nor a receptivity of the senses. By drawing on Kant’s arguments in the latter work, I hope to shed light on some of the more convoluted arguments in Kant’s work from 1768 on space and spatial directions.

Anita Leirfall is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen. Leirfall also teaches courses in theory of science and animal and environmental ethics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Leirfall’s research focus is on the theoretical philosophy
of Immanuel Kant, in addition to a research interest in metaphysics, space, causation, agency and free will.

For more information on Prof. Leirfall:

Written by markedwardsteen

April 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

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Artificial Intelligence Day at Bilkent

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Bilkent Philosophy Society will hold an all day long conference on artificial intelligence at April 05, Saturday. Details can be found on the following links:

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/466549326779678/

Registration: http://goo.gl/k7THzM

Written by Doğan Erişen

April 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Talk at Bogazici University on Induction and Knowledge

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We’d like to welcome a relative newcomer to the Istanbul philosophical community, Giovanni Mion (PhD U of Cincinnati), who works at Istanbul Technical University. He’ll be giving a talk this coming Friday at Bogazici University. More details below.
Talk, Giovanni Mion, Istanbul Technical University, “Grueing Gettier”

Abstract: The paper aims to stress the structural similarities between
Goodman’s riddle of induction and Edmund Gettier’s counterexamples to the standard analysis of knowledge.

Friday, April 4th, 5-7pm, TB 130 (Anderson Hall)
You can see some of his work at his Academia.edu page.

Written by markedwardsteen

April 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

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