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Two Talks by Meghan Sullivan (Univ. of Notre Dame) at Boğaziçi University

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Meghan Sullivan, a metaphysician at Notre Dame, will be joining us for the week of November 3rd and giving two talks. Please join us! Here are the details:

Talk, “Referring to God,” Monday, November 3,  17:00-19:00 TB 310
Talk, “Anti-Essentialism,” WednesdayNovember 5, 17:00  TB 130

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October 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

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Theories of the Good Life | Conference at Boğaziçi University

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Please join us for the following conference. All are welcome:

Theories of the Good Life

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Philosophy Department

November 22 2014, Room: TB 310 (Anderson Hall, South Campus)


10:00–11:00       Elena Irrera (Bologna), The Erotics of Beauty in Plato’s Symposium: a Path to Happiness.

11:15–12:15      Manuel Knoll (Istanbul), Aristotelian Hedonism. Human Nature as a Foundation for a Hedonist Ethics

 12:30–13:30     Maria Liatsi (Ioannina), The Epicurean Recipe for Happiness

13:30–15:00        Lunch Break

15:00–16:00      Christoph Horn (Bonn), Is there some Individualism in the Ancient Ethics of Good Life?

16:15–17:15     Giovanni Giorgini (Bologna), Alasdair MacIntyre, the Community, and the Good Life

17:30–18:30       Monika Betzler (Bern), The Value of Childhood and the Good Life

18:30                 End of Colloquium


Manuel Knoll (Manuel.Knoll[At-symbol]lrz.uni-muenchen[DOT]de)

Nevim Borçin (nevimborcin[AT symbol]gmail[DOT]com)

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October 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

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Professor Kenneth Westphal has joined the Bogazici University Philosophy Department.

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Professor Kenneth Westphal, the internationally renowned Kant and Hegel Scholar, has joined the Bogazici philosophy department as a full-time member.

Ken Wesphal is the author or editor of 8 books, including, as author:

(1)  Kant’s Transcendental Proof of Realism (Oxford University Press)

(2) Hegel’s Epistemology: A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Spirit (Hackett)

(3) Hegel’s Epistemological Realism: A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Springer)

(4) Hegel, Hume und die Identitat wahrnehmbarer Dinge (Klostermann)

And as editor:

(1) The Blackwell Guide to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Blackwell)

(2) Realism, Science, and Pragmatism (Routledge)

He has also published more than a 100 papers and articles.  Ken will be a valuable addition to the philosophy community in Turkey, and we welcome him to the department and to Turkey.

Kant Reading Group at Bogazici (Mondays, 5.15-7pm)

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Lucas Thorpe and Ken Westphal will be running a Kant Reading Group at Bogazici University that will meet every Monday from 5.15pm-7pm in TB365 (starting on Monday October 13th 2104).

We will start by reading the manuscript of Ken Westphal’s new book – Moral Constructivism: Hume’s and Kant’s Natural Law Constructivism.

Once we have finished this we will decide collectively what to read next. If you would like to join the reading group, be sent a copy of the manuscript, and be added to our mailing list, please email Zubeyde: zkaradag(at)gmail.com.

Everyone welcome.


Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm