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Call for Abstracts: 4th International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Bilkent

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The 4th Bilkent International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held on 4-5 April at Bilkent University, Ankara.

Keynote speaker: Heidi Maibom (Professor of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati)

Call for abstracts:
Deadline: February 23, 2020
500-1000 words for talks, 300-500 words for posters, via email: philstudentconf@bilkent.edu.tr

Students from all universities and departments are welcome to participate. Participants are encouraged to apply from outside Ankara, and we will do our best to arrange accommodation if needed.

Presentations will be of two types: 20-minute talks and poster presentations.
Each presenter will receive a certificate of participation.

Submission Guidelines:

1. There is no restriction on subject matter, as long as a philosophical argument is presented.
2. Not only philosophy students but also students from other departments are welcome.
3. Submissions and all other inquiries should be sent by e-mail to philstudentconf@bilkent.edu.tr
4. Participants should send a long abstract of 500-1000 words to be considered for a talk, or a short abstract of 300-500 words to be considered for the poster session. If you submit a long abstract, please indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for the poster session as well, in case it is not accepted for verbal presentation.
5. Please attach one copy of your long or short abstract, with its title on top, but is otherwise anonymous and does not in any way give away the identity of the author.
6. Please include in the body of the e-mail submission your full name, university affiliation, the title of your paper and your contact information (such as your e-mail address).
7. The submitted abstracts, the talks, and the posters will be in English.
8. Standard poster size is 36×48 inches (about 91 x 122 cm) or A0.
9. The deadline for submission is February 23, 2020. Accepted submissions will be announced by March 1, 2020.

Click here for photos from last year’s conference.

Bilkent University Department of Philosophy
Bilkent Philosophical Society
Bilkent Cognitive Science Society

For more information: http://www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

December 22, 2019 at 12:31 pm

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Philosophy talk at Boğaziçi: Ahmet Cevik (Ankara) on “Mathematical Pluralism” (20/12/2019)

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Ahmet Cevik (Ankara) will give a talk on Friday, December 20th, from 5pm to 7pm at Boğaziçi University in JF507. Everyone is welcome. (Talk will be via Skype)

 “Mathematical Pluralism”


Written by Lucas Thorpe

December 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm

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Philosophy talk at Boğaziçi: Genco Guralp (San Diego State University) on “Hubble’s Resistance: The Expanding Universe (1929-2010) and the Epistemology of Empirical Confirmation.” (19/12/2019)

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Genco Guralp (San Diego State University) will give a talk on Thursday, December 19th, from 5pm to 7pm at Boğaziçi University in JF507. Everyone is welcome. (Talk will be via Skype)

“Hubble’s Resistance: The Expanding Universe (1929-2010) and the Epistemology of Empirical Confirmation.”

Abstract: According to the received view, the expansion of the universe was discovered by Edwin Hubble in 1929. However, this claim has recently been questioned. For example, science historians Helge Kragh and Robert Smith argue that “Hubble cannot reasonably be credited with the discovery of the expanding universe.” (Kragh and Smith 2003, 141.)  The main reason for this is that Hubble never made a claim in print that his observations unequivocally demonstrate that the universe is expanding. However, these authors fail to emphasize the fact that Hubble gave empirical reasons why the interpretation of the velocity—distance relation as a universal expansion was not possible within the experimental context of his own era: alternative explanations were not ruled out empirically (hypothesis was underdetermined by data). Focusing on this fact, I identify two puzzles concerning the discovery of the expanding universe, and I argue that Richard Dawid’s work on the “non-empirical confirmation” of scientific hypotheses may provide a solution. On this basis, I examine several philosophical consequences that follow from the case of the expanding universe concerning the validation of empirical claims in science.

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December 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm

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December 6, 2019 at 7:42 pm

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JOBS: 2x Assistant or Associate Professor at Koç University / Deadline Dec. 15th

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A reminder for those interested: The Department of Philosophy at Koç University invites applications for two full-time faculty positions at the assistant or associate professor level, beginning September 2020, in the following areas:

AOS: Ethics and/or political philosophy. AOC: Open, but we have teaching needs in aesthetics.

AOS: Metaphysics. AOC: Open, but we have teaching needs in advanced logic (up to graduate level) and philosophy of science.

The deadline is December 15th and full details about the posts and how to apply can be found here: https://philjobs.org/job/show/14110 (ethics and/or political philosophy) and https://philjobs.org/job/show/14090 (metaphysics).

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December 6, 2019 at 2:29 pm

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Talk at Boğaziçi: Sinem Elkatip Hatipoğlu (Şehir): “Thinking about being in a mental state one is not in – a problem of higher order theories of consciousness?” (12/12/2019)

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Sinem Elkatip Hatipoğlu (Şehir University) will give a talk at Boğaziçi University on Thursday 12/12/2019, from 5-7pm in JF507. Everyone is welcome.


“Thinking about being in a mental state one is not in – a problem of higher order theories of consciousness?”


ABSTRACT: According to higher order (HO) theories of consciousness, a mental state, viz., the target or the lower order (LO) state, is conscious when the subject has another mental state, viz., a HO state about it. A major criticism of HO theories involves empty HO states, i.e. a HO state without a LO state, since it is not clear in such cases which mental state is conscious in virtue of the HO state and what the point of having the LO state at all is if the HO state is sufficient for consciousness. I try to undermine this criticism. First, I consider if it is possible to suggest that there are strictly speaking no cases of genuinely empty HO states, but only cases of radically misrepresented targets. While I think this is possible, I also contend that this move only pushes the question a step further – why would the LO state be so radically misrepresented? Besides, given the tenets of the HO theory, viz. the distinction between the LO and the HO state, the possibility of empty HO states should be endorsed. Hence I try to undermine the criticism not by eliminating empty HO states but by suggesting a more thorough understanding of state consciousness according to which the existence of a mental state is not necessary for the subject to think that she is in that mental state and hence for her to have the experience. Lastly, I suggest a way HO theories could further be developed by offering some remarks about how LO states might be related to HO states and why empty HO states emerge. This suggestion takes into account subject’s history and aims at providing a naturalistic account according to which empty HO states arise for the well-being of the organism given the totality of the organism’s mental life.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

December 5, 2019 at 2:35 pm

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December 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm

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