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Anil Gomes (Oxford) at Koç University (İstiklal Location): “Unity, Passivity, Objectivity”, Thursday, June 25th

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Anil Gomes (CUF Lecturer in Philosophy, Oxford University, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Trinity College)

‘Unity, Passivity, Objectivity’

Thursday, June 25th,  16.00-18.00

RCAC (İstiklal Cad. No:181, Beyoğlu) ALL WELCOME!

Abstract: P.F. Strawson’s take on Kant’s transcendental deduction of the categories in The Bounds of Sense contains stretches of argument as dense, difficult and downright puzzling as anything to be found in Kant. My target in this talk is the section ‘Unity and Objectivity’, in which Strawson argues that ‘for a series of diverse experiences to belong to a single consciousness it is necessary that they should be so connected as to constitute a temporally extended experience of a unified objective world’ (p.97). More prosaically: unity of consciousness requires experience of an objective world. In this talk I’ll attempt to reconstruct and assess Strawson’s argument. I’ll then use the failure, as I see it, of Strawson’s argument to motivate an alternative connection between unity and objectivity, one which turns on the passivity of perceptual experience.

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June 18, 2015 at 2:48 pm

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Talk by Philippe van Haute (Radboud, Nijmegen) at Koç University “Back to normal? Patho-analytic reflections on the status of the perversions in Lacanian metapsychology”

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Psychoanalysis quite often presents itself as a liberating theory and practice. According to Arnold Davidson Freudian psychoanalysis breaks away from a ‘psychiatric style of thinking’. In doing so it undermines the conditions of possibility for the construction of the sexual perversions as separate and independent mental disorders. Indeed, according to Freud the different perversions show us the building blocks of the sexuality of the human being as such. Lacanian psychoanalysis claims to perform a ‘return to Freud,’ but at least with regard to the status of the perversions it falls back into the psychiatric style of reasoning that Freud wanted to overcome. It does so because it understands sexuality from the perspective of sexual difference. Such a perspective inevitably leads to a conservative and normalizing theory that Freud wanted to overcome in the first place.

Koç University, Wednesday 29th April, 4pm, SOS 104

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April 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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Koç University: Philosophy talk by Prof. Brian Schroeder (Rochester Institute of Technology)

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Prof. Brian Schroeder (Rochester Institute of Technology):

“The Singular With the Other: Metaphysics and the Political”

Abstract: Reading Lacoue-Labarthe, Nancy, and Levinas alongside one another opens the possibility for formulating an ethical conception of politics that both preserves the asymmetrical ethical signification of absolute alterity while widening the domain for the reciprocity of sociopolitical intersubjective exchange. For all three it is a matter of thinking beyond the traditional oppositions of self/other and immanence/transcendence to advance the ontological standpoint of being radically exposed, wherein the common ground of singularity is metaphysically revealed as the proper dimension of an ethical approach to political being.
Case 216, Monday December 8th, 5:30 PM, all welcome!

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December 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

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Wed. Nov. 27th Prof. Bernard Flynn (The New School, NY) at Koç: “Machiavelli and the Origins of Modern Politics”

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Professor Bernard Flynn will give a talk at Koç University on Wednesday, November 27th, at 16: 45 in the Social Sciences building room 104, entitled “Machiavelli and the Origins of Modern Politics.”

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Abstract: This paper shows how Machiavelli breaks with the traditions of both classical political philosophy and Christianity. Contrary to what many other interpreters claim, this break does not issue in the positivism of political science. Following the political philosophy of Claude Lefort, I will contend that Machiavelli elaborates nothing less than, as Lefort writes in Le travail de l’oeuvre Machiavel,  “a new ontology.” The Prince  is read not as a handbook for governing, but rather as a phenomenology of the process by which political power becomes anonymous, no longer invested in the person of the prince, but in the place which he occupies. The paper will also suggest the direction of Lefort’s  thought after his work on Machiavelli.

More info at: http://events.ku.edu.t/d/527229441488

Going to Koç University:

From Sarıyer: Dolmuş leave from Sarıyer Iskelesı to Koç university every ten minutes or so. Warning: some Dolmuş will leave you at the gate of the campus, a 15-minute walk away from the main building and the event venue. Dolmuş going all the way leave from Sarıyer every 30 minutes or so. Allow 30 Minutes for the ride.

From Haciosman Metro: take a taxi to campus (app. 20TL), a bus to Sarıyer then dolmuş to campus or the direct bus to campus (number 154). Warning: afternoon 154 buses are rare, the recommended schedule is the 3:40 bus to Campus. Alternately, bus 150 will leave you at the campus gates.

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November 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Malcolm Schofield At Koç University: Infancy and Childhood in Ancient Greek Philosophy

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As part of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series, Professor Malcolm Schofield (Cambridge) will be at Koç University, Monday 7th October 2013, at 16:00 in Room CAS 133.

Abstract: Childhood is often thought to have started to become a subject of intellectual interest in its own right only with the beginnings of romanticism in Western Europe in the late eighteenth century. But for ancient Greek philosophers – including Heraclitus, Plato, the Stoics, and the Epicureans – childhood and infancy already represented paradigms good to think with about a whole range of important topics. This lecture will discuss the use of the paradigm in their explorations of our access to knowledge, their discussions of the foundations of ethics, and their treatment of the role of play in a well-ordered human life.

More info on http://cssh.ku.edu.tr/phil/events

All welcome!

 

Going to Koç University:

From Sarıyer: Dolmuş leave from Sarıyer Iskelesı to Koç university every ten minutes or so. Warning: some Dolmuş will leave you at the gate of the campus, a 15-minute walk away from the main building and the event venue. Dolmuş going all the way leave from Sarıyer every 30 minutes or so. Allow 30 Minutes for the ride.

From Haciosman Metro: take a taxi to campus (app. 20TL), a bus to Sarıyer or the direct bus to Campus (number 154). Warning: there is no bus 154 between 9:40 and 16:20. Alternately, you may take bus 150 that will leave you at the campus gates.

 

 

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September 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm