Hesperus is Bosphorus

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Archive for April 2020

BOUN Phil Colloq in May, Fridays 5pm, on ZOOM

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8 MAY 2020, 5pm
Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Emory University, Atlanta, USA): What is Kant’s Non-Ideal Theory of Politics

15 MAY 2020, 5pm
Ali Emre Benli (Department of Ethics, Law and Politics; Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnics and Religious Diversity; Gottingen; Germany): Should refugees vote?

22 MAY 2020, 5pm
Pascale Roure (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany): Logical Empiricism in Turkish Exile. Hans Reichenbach’s Research and Teaching Activities at Istanbul University (1933-1938)

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Written by fzenker

April 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 30 Apr: Saniye Vatansever on Kant and Stoicism (Online Event)

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Consolation of Kant’s Philosophy: The Stoic Elements in Kant’s Letter to Maria von Herbert

By Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent, Philosophy) 

Date: Thursday April 30, 2020 

Time: 1640-1800 GMT+3

Zoom link: This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please click on the following link when the event is due to begin:  https://zoom.us/j/767639034

Abstract: In this paper, I examine the letter correspondence between Kant and Maria von Herbert, an Austrian woman who is well-versed in Kant’s moral philosophy. Herbert writes three letters to Kant and we only have access to Kant’s reply to her first letter. In her letters, Herbert explains her misery and seeks consolation from Kant in person as she claims that she couldn’t find comfort in philosophy. Thus, she raises interesting philosophical questions regarding the immorality of suicide, the dullness of leading a dutiful life, and consolation of philosophy. Whether Kant provides satisfactory answers to her questions is a matter of controversy. According to Rae Langton, Kant’s reply to Herbert simply ignores Herbert’s questions and that negligence on Kant’s part might be due to the underlying assumption that the less said on suicide, the less likely the morbid thoughts will arise. Contra Langton, I argue that by analyzing the nature of Herbert’s actions and the underlying causes of her feelings, Kant attempts to change Herbert’s negative emotions leading to suicidal thoughts. In other words, Kant aims to provide consolation and comfort to Herbert by helping her rationally analyze the causes of her destructive emotions. By doing so, Kant acts as a stoic philosopher attempting to transform the false judgments leading to negative emotions with the correct ones.

About the speaker:  click here.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

April 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm

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Online Talk hosted by Istanbul Bilgi 22 April: Geoffrey Bowe, “Socratic Spaces: Ingress and Egress, Inside and Outside – Setting in Plato’s Dialogues”

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Click here or on the poster below for a link to the meeting (via Zoom).

Written by roberthowton

April 16, 2020 at 7:55 am

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Prokopton: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Bilkent University

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The first issue of Prokopton: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Bilkent University is online at prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr.

Prokopton is an annual online journal. It is the first refereed international academic journal of philosophy for undergraduate students in Turkey. ‘Prokopton’, is a Greek term used by Stoics, which means making progress toward truth or being a student of wisdom.

The journal includes original research articles, translations, book reviews and interviews by undergraduate students. There is also a section for high-school students, edited by high school students. The managing editorial board of the journal consists of undergraduate students at Bilkent.

Please see the submission guidelines if you would like to submit your work for the next issue.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

April 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 2 Apr: Jonathan Payton on Counting Composites (Online Event)

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Counting Composites  

By Jonathan Payton (Calgary, Philosophy) 

 Date: Thursday April 2, 2020 

Time: 1640-1800 

Zoom link: This is online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please click on the following link when the event is due to begin: https://zoom.us/j/556133950.

Abstract: According to the thesis ‘Composition Entails Identity’ (CEI), a whole is identical to all its parts taken together. CEI seems to imply that things can outnumber themselves, i.e., that there can be more things in a collection than there are. For instance, if two objects, a and b, compose a third object, c, then by CEI, (I) a and b are both many things and one, and (ii) they’re both two things and three. I solve this problem by distinguishing two kinds of number ascriptions – which I dub ‘cardinality ascriptions’ and ‘ipseity ascriptions’ – and hence two ways for some objects to be n things. While no collection can possess two or more distinct cardinalities – and so cannot, in that sense, outnumber itself – a single collection can possess two or more distinct ipseities. 

About the speaker:  Jonathan Payton received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and he is currently SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. He specializes in and the philosophy of action, drawing heavily on research in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic. He has published in journals such as Australasian Journal of Philosophy,  SyntheseCanadian Journal of Philosophy and Erkenntnis. In addition, he has a book under contract with Cambridge University Press entitled ‘Negative Actions and the Metaphysics of Agency’. 

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

April 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

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