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Archive for November 2017

Talk at Boğaziçi: Ertürk DEMİREL on ‘Acts of Speech: Saying Things with Actions’ (Friday, 10/11/2017)

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November 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

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November 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

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Bilkent Philosophy Colloquium, Tufan Kıymaz

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“The Fine-Tuning Argument: For God or Against Physics?”

By Tufan Kıymaz (Bilkent, Philosophy)

Thursday 9th November, 2017, 1540-1730, H-232.


Abstract: The physical constants and laws of nature in our universe appear to be finely-tuned to secure the emergence of life. The best explanation of this appearance of fine-tuning for life is that the physical constants and laws of nature are in fact finely-tuned, that is, they are designed. Therefore, the finely-tuned appearance of our universe constitutes good (if not conclusive) evidence for the existence of God. This is the Fine-Tuning Argument and it is arguably the most influential argument for the existence of God in contemporary philosophy of religion. But, it is a bad argument, or so I argue. In this talk, I propose a counter-argument, which follows the same inferential approach that underlies the Fine-Tuning Argument, to a conclusion that is incompatible with its soundness. I argue, more specifically, that one can use the same kind of consideration that the Fine-Tuning Argument rests on to argue not for the existence of God but against the reliability of our current fundamental physics. This poses a serious problem for the Fine-Tuning Argument since it is essential for the argument that our current fundamental physics is reliable.

Written by Sandrine Berges

November 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Call for papers DEU Journal of Humanities

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From the DEU Journal of Humanities Editors

Dokuz Eylul University Journal of Humanities is a national peer-reviewed journal published twice a year. Articles are published both in print and PDF format on the journal’s web site. Articles from a variety of disciplines of human sciences including language, culture, literature, translation studies, history, sociology, psychology, archeology, philosophy, museology and art history, are published in Turkish, English, and German. Proposals should be written in Microsoft Word document and submitted to <deuedebiyat.dergi@gmail.com>. In order to be eligible for publication, it is required that the proposals be prepared in accordance with the publication guidelines determined by the Journal Editorial Board. The field(s) of science, keywords and abstract in Turkish and in the language of the article should be included in the article’s cover. The papers written in Turkish should also include an abstract in English. Authors are also required to submit a letter of undertaking in order to confirm the application information. Detailed information regarding publication guidelines and format as well as a letter of undertaking can be obtained from our web site. 
The deadline for submitting papers to DEU Journal of Humanities for the Volume 5, Issue 1 (2018) is the 16th of February, 2018.

Written by Sandrine Berges

November 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm