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Diogenes of Oenoanda at Galatasaray and in Muğla

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Colloque International
Diogène d’Œnoanda : Épicurisme et Controverses Philosophiques
22-24 septembre 2014 – Istanbul/Muğla

Université Galatasaray – ISTANBUL

Première Journée – 22. 09. 2014 Lundi
09.00 – 09.45 Accueil des participants
10.00 – 10.20 Ouverture du colloque
10.20 – 11.20 Francesca Masi (Università Ca’Foscari – Venezia) « Pleasure, Virtue and Cause. Diogenes of Oenoanda and the Stoics »
11.20 – 12.20 Voula Tsouna (University of California – Santa Barbara) « Diogenes of Oenoanda on the Cyrenaics and the Sceptics »
12.30 – 14.00 Déjeuner
14.00 – 15.00 Francesco Verde (Università Roma I – ‘La Sapienza’) « Plato’s Demiurge (NF 155) and Aristotle’s Flux (fr. 5 Smith): Diogenes of Oinoanda on History of Philosophy »
15.00 – 16.00 Michael Erler (Julius–Maximilians – Universität Würzburg Institut für Klassische Philologie) « Diogenes against Plato. Diogenes’ Critique and the tradition of Epicurean Antiplatonism »
16.00 – 16.20 Pause
16.20 – 17.20 Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (CNRS UMR 8061, Centre Léon Robin) « La critique des stoïciens dans l’Inscription »

Deuxième Journée – 23.09.2014 Mardi
10.00 – 11.00 Dirk Obbink (University of Oxford) « Diogenes of Oenoanda on the Gods »
11.00 – 12.00 Alain Gigandet (Paris) « Diogène d’Oenoanda fr. 9 – Lucrèce, IV, 973-86: un élément-clé de la théorie épicurienne de l’imaginaire »
12.00 – 13.30 Déjeuner
17.00 Départ à Muğla

Université de MUǦLA

Troisième Journée – 24.09.2014 Mercredi
09.00 – 10.00 Accueil des participants
10.00 – 11.00 Martin Bachmann (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Istanbul) « Framework and Results of the Oinoanda Survey Project 2007-2012 »
11.00 – 12.00 Jürgen Hammerstaedt (Universität zu Köln) « The importance of the site of Oinoanda and its inscriptions for interdisciplinary research, the cultural heritage and the society of the 21st century »
12.00 – 12.30 Pause
12.30 – 13.30 Geert Roskam (KU Leuven – Catholic University of Leuven) « Diogenes’ Polemical Approach, or How to Refute a Philosophical Opponent in an Epigraphic Context »
13.30 – 14.30 Déjeuner
14.30 – 15.30 Pierre-Marie Morel (Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne UMR 7219 – Institut Universitaire de France) « Diogène d’Œnoanda et la politique »
15.30 – 16.30 Giuliana Leone (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) « Diogène d’Oenoanda et la polémique sur les meteora »
16.30 – 16.45 Pause
16.45 – 17.45 Refik Güremen (Mimar Sinan University – Istanbul) « Diogenes of Oinoanda and the Epicurean Epistemology of Dreams »

Clôture du colloque

Comité d’organisation :
Pierre-Marie Morel (Université Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne)
Jürgen Hammerstaedt (Universität zu Köln)
Refik Güremen (Université Mimar Sinan – refikg2001@yahoo.com )
Ömer Orhan Aygün (Université Galatasaray)

Pour toute information : refikg2001@yahoo.com

Institutions partenaires :

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Istanbul (http://www.dainst.org/)

Institut Français des Etudes Anatoliennes (www.ifea-istanbul.net/)

Mugla University (www.mu.edu.tr/)

Written by Sandrine Berges

July 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

METAPHYSICSTANBUL14, a one-day workshop at Bogazici University, August 4

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A One-Day Workshop

Aug. 4


Ibrahim Bodur Auditorium,

Natuk Birkan Building



İrem Kurtsal Steen, Boğaziçi University

“Persons in Plenitudinous Endurantism”



Mark Steen, Boğaziçi University

“The Special Composition Question and Video Games”



Lunch Break


Nurbay Irmak, Boğaziçi University

“Could Ontologese Save Ontology?



Coffee Break


Claudio Calosi, University of Urbino

”The Equivalence of Composition is Identity and Mereological Nihilism”



Coffee Break


Peter van Inwagen, The John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

“The Problem of Fr** W*ll” *



*No typos here. Prof. van Inwagen will explain the title’s significance!

For information: kurtsal.steen@gmail.com

Written by Irem Kurtsal Steen

July 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Talk at Bogazici University: Mehmet Erginel (Eastern Mediterranean University), “Weakness of Will in the Nicomachean Ethics: How Socratic is Aristotle?”

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Please join us at BU for a talk by Mehmet Erginel.


Monday, July 21st, Bogazici University, TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130), 5-7pm


“Weakness of Will in the Nicomachean Ethics: How Socratic is Aristotle?”



Socrates famously denies the possibility of weakness of will (akrasia), maintaining that no one acts against what they judge to be the best course of action. In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle shares the general opinion in objecting that Socrates’ view “is inconsistent with the obvious facts” (1145b28). Aristotle maintains, nevertheless, that there is some truth in what Socrates said, and concludes his own account of akrasia by claiming that “we seem to get what Socrates sought after” (1147b14-15). But scholars disagree about many aspects of Aristotle’s account, and we are left puzzling over the extent to which his account is actually Socratic. In this paper, I address the fundamental interpretive questions concerning Aristotle’s account and argue that his account is best understood as being very Socratic, perhaps more so than Aristotle himself recognized. 

Written by markedwardsteen

July 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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Deleuze conference in Istanbul (14-16/07/2014)

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7th International Deleuze Studies Conference Istanbul 2014
Model, Machines and Memories
July 14-16th 2014, Istanbul
Istanbul Technical University, School of Architecture, Taşkışla

Program can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

July 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Talk at Bogazici, Thomas Besch (Sydney), “On the Right to Justification and Discursive Respect”

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Thursday, July 17th, 3-5pm, TB 130 (Anderson Hall).


Rainer Forst’s constructivism aspires to justify human rights on categorical, reasonably non-rejectable grounds. It is a key objective of his approach to provide an alternative to “ethical” accounts that justify these rights hypothetically on grounds that (allegedly) can reasonably be rejected. I argue that Forst’s constructivism does not achieve that objective. To this end, I engage two lines of thought at its centre: one builds on a view to the effect that respect for other people commits us to accord them a right to justification, the other revolves around the theme that our validity claims commit us to justifications by a constructivist standard of reciprocity and generality. Yet none of this can yield the sought-after categorical grounding of human rights. At most, it yields a hypothetical justification on grounds that can reasonably be rejected – namely, a commitment to the good of constitutive discursive standing. Taking this to be an important good may be plausible to many, but it stands in need of justification: this opens the door wide for “ethical” arguments.

Written by markedwardsteen

July 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

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Commentating as Philosophy and the Abrahamic Interpreters

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“Commentating as Philosophy and the Abrahamic Interpreters” started today at Sismanoglio Megaro (Istiklal Cd), continues at Heybeliada on Thursday, and then back to SM for Friday and Saturday. All welcome!

Conference Booklet

Written by davidbutorac

July 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm

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