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Call for Papers: 2nd Bilkent Undergraduate Students Philosophy Conference

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2nd Bilkent Undergraduate Students Philosophy Conference will be held on April 14-15 at Bilkent University, Turkey. We invite undergraduate students and graduate students who have not completed the first year of their graduate studies to submit papers for 20-30 minute presentations. All presentations are to be followed by a formal comment and a Q&A section. All talks are to be delivered in English. Modest in campus accommodation will be covered for all accepted speakers that are not from Ankara.

We are looking for papers of no more than 4000 words or extended abstracts of no more than 1000 words that are;

-prepared for blind review
-analytically structured


-written in academic English

Submissions are to be e-mailed to philstudentconf@bilkent.edu.tr by March 23th. No late submissions will be considered. Authors of accepted papers will be contacted by April 1st.

Please note along with your submission, if you are willing to be considered as a commentator with the preferred field you would like to comment on, in case you are not admitted as a speaker.

Do not hesitate to contact for any questions or further inquiries.

Bilkent Students Philosophy Conference Organizing Committee

Written by Sandrine Berges

February 27, 2018 at 9:57 am

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Workshop at Bilkent: Consciousness and First-Person Access

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Mini-Workshop on Consciousness and First Person Access

Friday 23rd February, 2018

1030-1230 & 1400-1700

Bilkent University, Main Campus, Room: H-232

Organized by the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Group at Bilkent University.

Click here for program and abstracts. 























Morning session

1030-1040 Welcome

1040-1130: Key note – Murat Aydede (UBC, Philosophy) “Is the Pain Experience Transparent? Introspecting Phenomenal Qualities

1140-1155: Respondent – Istvan Aranyosi (Bilkent, Philosophy)

1155-1210: Respondent – Tufan Kıymaz (Bilkent, Philosophy)

1210-1245: Discussion


Afternoon session

1440-1525: Mina Elhamiasl (Bilkent, Neuroscience/ UMRAM) “Health Anxiety: Where Interpretation Bias and Sensitivity to Bodily Sensations Meet”

1535-1620: Tufan Kıymaz (Bilkent, Philosophy) “Is Consciousness Phenomenal Conceptualization of the Physical?”

1630-1715: Bill Wringe (Bilkent, Philosophy) “First Person Access, Collective Emotions and Other Minds”

Written by Sandrine Berges

February 16, 2018 at 1:26 pm

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Nicholas Di Bella at Bilkent 15 February

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Probabilistic Proof of an External World”

Nicholas Di Bella (Stanford, Philosophy)

Thursday 15th February, 2018, 1540-1715, H-232


Abstract: I provide a novel internal critique of skepticism about the external world. Appealing to premises that an external-world skeptic could accept, I argue that the skeptic should (by her own lights) be extraordinarily confident that an external world exists. These premises include commitments to various forms of a priori reasoning–including commitments to classical logic, set theory, and probabilistic reasoning–as well as radical empiricism about evidence. As I argue, these premises entail that the skeptic should, by her own lights, be at least 99.99999% confident–just shy of certain–that an external world exists.

Written by Sandrine Berges

February 12, 2018 at 9:41 am

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Talk at Boğaziçi: Cinzia FERRINI on ‘on Hegel’s Science of Logic and his Revision of the ‘Doctrine of Being’ (1812, 1832): The New Significance of ‘becoming other” (Friday, 16/02/2018)

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Written by gozdeyildirim1

February 10, 2018 at 11:36 am

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci Reading group at Boğaziçi this semester.

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We will continue with our philosophy cog-sci reading group at Boğaziçi this semester on Mondays from 5.30-7.30pm. John Freely Building, Room 507.

We will read the following articles for the first two weeks:

Monday February 5th

Paul Cisek, Beyond the computer metaphor Behaviour as InteractionJournal of Consciousness Studies, 6, No. 11-12 (1999) pp. 125-42.

Monday February 12th 

Paul Cisek, Cortical Mechanisms of Action Selection: the affordance competition hypothesis Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B (2007) 362, 1585–1599

Paul Cisek and John F. Kalaska, Neural Mechanims for interacting with a world full of action choicesAnnu. Rev. Neurosci. (2010) 33:269–98


This Monday we will decide what to read for the rest of the semester.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email conceptsandbeliefs@gmail.com

Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm

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