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Conference at Boğaziçi: Normativity in Action (16/05/2015)

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Normativity in Action (poster)

Normativity in Action

1st Southampton-Boğaziçi Workshop on Agency and Autonomy
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Ibrahim Bodur Oditoryumu
1pm – 6pm

1.00  – 2.30  Jack Woods (Bilkent) “Footing the Costs (of Normative Subjectivism)”
Respondent: Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki)
Chair: Merve Tapınç (Boğaziçi)

2.30 – 4.00  Jonathan Way (Southampton) “Reasons and Guidance’
Respondent: Eylem Özaltun (Koç)
Chair: Çağla Çimendereli (Boğaziçi)

4pm- 4.30 Coffee Break

4.30 – 6.00 Alex Gregory (Southampton) “Aversion to Second-Order Desires.” ”
Respondent: Ayca Boylu (Izmir)
Chair: Matthew Jernberg (Boğaziçi)

6.00-7.30 – Drinks at Keçi

7.30pm Dinner.

Funding for this Workshop was provided by the joint Boğaziçi -Southampton Newton-Katip Çelebi project AF140071 “Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government” run by Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) and Sasha Mudd (Southampton).

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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Talk by Philippe van Haute (Radboud, Nijmegen) at Koç University “Back to normal? Patho-analytic reflections on the status of the perversions in Lacanian metapsychology”

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Psychoanalysis quite often presents itself as a liberating theory and practice. According to Arnold Davidson Freudian psychoanalysis breaks away from a ‘psychiatric style of thinking’. In doing so it undermines the conditions of possibility for the construction of the sexual perversions as separate and independent mental disorders. Indeed, according to Freud the different perversions show us the building blocks of the sexuality of the human being as such. Lacanian psychoanalysis claims to perform a ‘return to Freud,’ but at least with regard to the status of the perversions it falls back into the psychiatric style of reasoning that Freud wanted to overcome. It does so because it understands sexuality from the perspective of sexual difference. Such a perspective inevitably leads to a conservative and normalizing theory that Freud wanted to overcome in the first place.

Koç University, Wednesday 29th April, 4pm, SOS 104

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April 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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Talk at BETİM: Autonomy and human dignity – by Heike Baranzke, 15 May 2015

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Autonomy and Human Dignity: Cultural Roots – Ethical Transformations – Biomedical Challenges

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All welcome, registration not required.

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Written by rainerbroemer

April 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

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Talk at Bilkent: Emre Arda Erdenk, “Hume’s Sympathy Mechanism and Perceptual Intuitionism”

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The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University is pleased to invite you 
to the following talk:
Friday, April 24, 2015, 17:40, at G 160

David Hume’s Sympathy Mechanism and Perceptual Intuitionism

Assist. Prof. Dr. Emre Arda Erdenk

Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Department of Philosophy


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Talk at Bogazici, Hikmet Unlu (Yeditepe), “Aristotle and the Problem of Unity”

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Please join us.

Monday, April 27

TB 130 (Anderson Hall)

Hikmet Unlu (PhD Yeditepe, MA Amsterdam)
“Aristotle and the Problem of Unity”
According to Aristotle the material aspect of matter-form compounds is ultimately reducible to the four elements, for it is from these four elements (earth, water, air, fire) that everything in the sublunary realm is made. Living beings are a special case of matter-form compounds, and they owe their unique status to the alleged interaction between the soul and the elements. Such an account is highly problematic, however, because the elements already have particular inclinations, and it is difficult to conceive how the soul could override these inclinations. The interaction problem threatens not only the unity of living beings but also the substancehood of substances, which in turn leads us to question the basic assumptions of Aristotelian ontology.

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April 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Symposium at Bilkent 25 May- Three Women Political Philosophers of the Late Enlightenment

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On the occasion of a visit by Dr Martina Reuter (University of Jyväskylä) and Dr Alan Coffee (King’s College London) the Department of Philosophy at Bilkent is hosting a symposium on the work of three philosophers of the late eighteenth century.

If you would like to participate in the event as a respondent, please get in touch with me (sandrineberges@gmail.com).

Here is, below, the provisional program.

Three women political philosophers of the late Enlightenment.

Monday 25 May 2015.

Room G160

10.40-11.10: Welcome

11.10 – 12.30: Martina Reuter: “The role of passions in Wollstonecraft’s concept of virtue”

12.30 – 13.50: Lunch Break

13.50 – 15.20: Alan Coffee: “Catharine Macaulay and Neo-Roman Republican Theory”

15.20 – 15.40: Tea Break

15.40 – 17.00: Sandrine Berges: “ Phlipon Roland’s Rural Republicanism”

Abstracts will be posted soon and drafts of the papers will be available to respondents.

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Revised Program and call for commentators: Resistance, Disobedience and Coercion, 21-22 May, Bilkent

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Dear all

Our program for the workshop on Resistance, Disobedience and Coercion is now final. We are looking for commentators for papers. If you are planning to be in Ankara on 21 or 22 May, and would be interested in taking part, please get in touch with Lars Vinx (vinx@bilkent.edu.tr), or myself (berges@bilkent.edu.tr) and we will try to fit you in.

Here is the program below, with abstracts.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

10.00-11.00:    Martina Reuter, University of Jyväskylä

Hannah Arendt and John Rawls on the Justification of Civil Disobedience

11.00-12.00:    Alberto Siani, Yeditepe University

Legitimacy, Coercion and Resistance in Rawls’ Political Liberalism

12.00-13.30     Lunch Break

13.30-14.30     Sine Bagatur, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Right to Resistance as the Fundamental Human Right

14.30-15.30     Jacob Maze, Middle Eastern Technical University

Foucault, Governmentality, and Civil Disobedience: A Foucauldian Analysis of Resistance and the Rights of the State

15.30-17.00     Kimberley Brownlee, University of Warwick

The Many Faces of Disobedience

19.00-22.00     Workshop Dinner

Friday, 22 May 2015

10.00-11.00:    Amanda Cawston, University of Cambridge

 Resistance is Futile? The Problem of Resistance in a World of Alienated Violence

11.00-12.00:    Vincent Millou, Sciences Po

The Case for Uncivil Disobedience

12.00-14.00:    Lunch Break

14.00-15.00:    Jorge Nunez, Manchester Metropolitan University

Normative Systems as Law in Synergy: Validity and Effectiveness

15.00-16.30:    Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia

Coercing Obedience – The Authority’s Perspective

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Written by Sandrine Berges

April 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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Talk by Maya Chebaro MS: Islamic Definition of Death Fri. 10 April 2015

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Everybody welcome, for directions see


(map on bottom of page)

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Written by rainerbroemer

April 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

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Beginning of Life and Human Dignity, talk by Monika Bobbert at BETİM 7 April 2015

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At (very) short notice, renowned bioethicist

Monika Bobbert

(Professor in Luzern, Switzerland)

has kindly agreed to give a talk at the

Beşikçizade Center for Medical Humanities (BETİM) on

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 at 5.15pm

Title of her talk is

Beginning of Life and Human Dignity

(duration of seminar ca. 2 hours)

Monika Bobbert’s website:



The BETİM center expects you on Tuesday, directions at the bottom of the contact page


Nearest tram stop T1 Fındıkzade

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Written by rainerbroemer

April 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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History of women philosophers and scientists at Yeditepe, Istanbul.

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Feminist History of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Yeditepe, Istanbul, is offering, jointly with the University of Paderborn, the world’s first Master’s program in the History of Women Philosophers.

The Department of philosophy will host an event to present the new program Joint Master Program on 9th April. The German Minister for Innovation, Science, and Research of Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, Frau Svenja Schulze, will attend the opening and  Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber, head of Paderborn Philosophy Department, will give a talk entitled “2600 Years History of Women Philosophers”. The event will take place in German and Turkish – program below. Everybody welcome, please share!


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Written by Sandrine Berges

April 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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Conference on Modernism in Istanbul (18-19/04/2015)

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

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Talk, Zeynep Talay-Turner (PhD, Polish Academy of Sciences), “Self-deception as a Philosophical Problem”

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Please join us:

Bogazici University

Friday, April 10, 5-7pm

TB 130 (Anderson Hall)


Self-deception as a Philosophical Problem
Approaches to self-deception range from those that see it as the product of individual strategies and decisions to those that see it as the consequence of emotions, from those that see it as a failing to those that see it as part of the contingency of personhood.  After reviewing some of this material I try to test the plausibility of these ways of talking about self-deception on two cases: Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain and the memoirs of Albert Speer.  I argue that, rather than a matter of holding contradictory beliefs, self-deception may be better viewed as the evasion of a truth.  

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April 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

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