Archive for December 2015
18 December 2015 Friday, 15:00
Sehir Üniversitesi, West Campus, Room 2008
Prof. Kelly James Clark
Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University
Are we hardwired to form our most precious beliefs? Cognitive science has shown that the human mind/brain is hardwired for god-beliefs. If there is a cognitive science of religion, though, is there likewise a cognitive science of irreligion? Recent psychological studies have shown connections between atheism and a cognitive good (inferential thinking), on the one hand, and atheism and a cognitive defect (autism), on the other. Does the former make atheism rational and the latter make atheism irrational?
* The conference will be conducted in English.
* Everyone is welcome.
Arda Denkel Festival: December 19–20, 2015
Arda Denkel was an excellent metaphysician and a profoundly influential figure in popularizing analytic philosophy in Turkey. Denkel was also a founding member of the Boğaziçi University Philosophy Department. Denkel died at 50, far too young, after battling brain cancer. To honor Denkel’s legacy, the Boğaziçi University Philosophy Department will host the Arda Denkel Festival on the 19th and 20th of this month. And it will institute an annual Arda Denkel Prize. The first of these Prizes will be awarded at this month’s Festival.
Both the speakers at the Festival and the winners of the Prize will be drawn from alumni of the Philosophy Department that Arda Denkel helped to create who have gone on to earn the PhD.
All are welcome. Registration is free—please email mark[dot]steen[at-symbol]boun.edu.tr if you wish to attend. The Festival Dinner will be free to all who register. All sessions are in New Hall 203 on Boğaziçi’s North Campus.
Friday evening, December 18
Informal gathering at Keçi, near the University’s Etiler gate.
Saturday, December 19
10.00 – 11.15. Nazım Gökel. “The Lonely Walker’s Guide to Representation: Object, Representation and Mind”
11.30 – 12.45. Pakize Arıkan Sandıkcıoğlu. “Fineness of Grain of Perceptual Richness”
2.00 – 3.15. Nazif Muhtaroğlu. “Al-Bāqillānī’s Cosmological Argument From Agency”
3.30 – 4.45. Uygar Abacı. “Existence and Kant’s Revolutionary Theory of Modality”
5.00 – 6.15. Barış Şentuna. “Death as ‘So Near’ and Death as ‘So Far'”
8.30 – 10.00. Keynote talk. Çetin Eren
Sunday, December 20
10.30 – 11.45. Cem Şişkolar. “On the Content of Assertıons”
1.00 – 2.30. Keynote talk. Zeynep Direk
2.45 – 4.00. Alper Türken. “Hegel’s Logic of Ought and the Origins of Normativity”
conference organizer: Stephen Voss: shvoss[at-symbol]gmail.com
Talk at Bogazici U., Julia Jorati (Ohio State), “Leibniz on Control, Weakness of Will, and Compulsion”
Please join us:
Julia Jorati, Ohio State
Monday, December 21st, 5-7pm
TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130)
Leibniz is a compatibilist: he holds that freedom is compatible with determinism. My paper examines Leibniz’s responses to three problems that plague many compatibilists, namely (a) the problem of explaining in what sense free agents have control over their actions, (b) the problem of explaining what goes on in ostensibly weak-willed actions, and (c) the problem of distinguishing weak-willed from compelled actions. Leibniz explicitly discusses the notion of control—or, as he usually calls it, ‘mastery’—and, this paper argues, he manages to make room for a meaningful and desirable type of control. For Leibniz, we possess control to the extent that our rational judgments and rational desires are able to influence our actions. He acknowledges that we sometimes lack direct control, namely when our passions are so powerful that they would outweigh even the strongest rational desire. Yet, Leibniz insists, there are indirect ways to control our actions; we can take steps ahead of time that reduce the influence of our passions drastically. Some of the resources that allow Leibniz to give a powerful account of control also allow him to acknowledge a form of weakness of will. That is surprising because he holds that all intentional actions are determined by what the agent perceives as good. Moreover, Leibniz can capture the difference between weakness and compulsion—another notoriously difficult problem for determinists.
Please join us at Bogazici University for two events with Kelly James Clark, Senior Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.
Workshop: The Cognitive Science of Alliance and Conflict
The cognitive and evolutionary science of religion argues that religion played a crucial role in securing human cooperation. Big Gods were essential to the development of increasingly larger non-kin human groups. Thus, alliance. Yet the very cognitive dispositions that create, define and shape in-group likewise create, define and shape out-group. Thus, conflict.
1-3pm, Wednesday, December 16
TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130)
Talk: God and the Brain: the science of the mind and the rationality of belief/unbelief
Are we hardwired to form our most precious beliefs? Cognitive science has shown that the human mind/brain is hardwired for god-beliefs. If there is a cognitive science of religion, though, is there likewise a cognitive science of irreligion? Recent psychological studieshave shown connections between atheism and a cognitive good (inferential thinking), on the one hand, and atheism and a cognitive defect (autism), on the other. Does the former make atheism rational and the latter make atheism irrational?
5-7pm, Wednesday, December 16
location: M 1171
December 17: Seminar by Marwan Rashed on the Interaction between Commentator and Translator in Greek and Arabic
Marwan Rashed (Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), UFR de Philosophie & Centre Léon Robin) will be giving a seminar in English at Galatasaray University on December 17th. Below are the details as well as information from two other sessions in French.
– 16 décembre, mercredi, 9h-13h (Salle 323): Groupe de lecture du De anima d’Aristote)
– 17 décembre, jeudi, 17h-19h (Salle E. Teziç): Seminar on the Interaction between Commentator and Translator in Greek and Arabic.
– 22 décembre, mardi, 10h-13h (Salle 322): Atelier de paléographie grecque
Première rencontre du projet géré à l’Université Galatasaray dans le cadre de l’accord entre le CNRS et TÜBITAK – « Une analyse comparative et critique des conceptions de l’âme d’Aristote et d’Avicenne »
Contact: Burak Şaman, firstname.lastname@example.org (0542 551 45 01)