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Kant Reading Group at Bogazici – Thursdays 5-7pm (Fall, 2015).

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Lucas Thorpe and Ken Westphal will continue their Kant reading group at Bogazici this semester on Thursdays from 5-7pm in TB365. Everyone is welcome.

This semester we will begin by reading T.M Scanlon‘s recent book Being Realistic about Reasons. We’ll start by looking at chapter 1 this Thursday (8/10/2015). There are 5 chapters, so we plan to spend the first 5 weeks of this semester looking at this book.

If you’d like to join our mailing list, or get a pdf of the readings, please email Melisa: melisakurtcan@gmail.com

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci Reading Group on Perception at Boğaziçi.

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Our philosophy/Cog-Sci reading group at Boğaziçi will continue this semester on Tuesdays from 5.15-7pm in TB365. This semester we will focus primarily on perception. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email Elif at: conceptsandbeliefs@gmail.com

Provisional readings:

Tuesday, October 6th
David Marr, “Chapter 1: The philosophy and the Approach“, Vision: A Computational Investigation into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information, MIT Press, 2010.

Tuesday, October 13th
Frances Egan, “How to think about mental content.” Philosophical Studies, 2014.

Tuesday, October 20th
Matt Jones and Bradley C. Love, “Baysian Fundamentalism or Englightenment – On the explanatory status of Baysian models of cognition” BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES (2011) 34, 169–231

Tuesday, October 27th
Andy Clark, “Radical Predictive Processing”, Southern Journal of Philosophy 53:3-27 (2015) [see also Andy Clark,  Embodied Prediction]

Future readings to be decided.

This reading group is part of the Tubitak Project 114K348, Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action, run by Lucas Thorpe.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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Workshop at Boğaziçi: THE KALAM COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (5/10/2015)

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Kalam Cosm. Argument Workshop


The Kalam Cosmological Argument (A Critical Assessment)
One-Day Workshop (October 5th, Monday, 2015)

(This Event is open to the Public)

Venue: Boğaziçi University, North Campus, New Hall-Conference Room (1st Floor)

10.00-11.00 Opening Remarks & The Historical and the Philosophical Context of the KalamCosmological Argument (Nazif Muhtaroğlu/ Boğaziçi University, Philosophy)

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-12.15 Discussion

12.15-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-15.00 Actual Infinity versus Potential Infinity (Enis Doko/Koç University, Physics)

15.00-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.15 Discussion

16.15-16.30 Coffee Break

16.30-17.30 A Scientific Evaluation of the Kalam Cosmological Argument (Ali Kaya/ Boğaziçi University, Physics)

17.30-17.45 Coffee Break

17.45-18.45 Discussion

Further info can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

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Conference at Boğaziçi: Thinking the Same: A Workshop on Mental Files (15-17/09/2015)

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Thinking the Same:

A Workshop on Mental Files

Boğaziçi University (Istanbul), TB 310


Directions to TB 310 (in Anderson Hall) can be found here. Everyone welcome. If you have any questions please contact Lucas Thorpe.

Tuesday, September 15th

10.30 – 12.00 Francois Recanati (CNRS, Paris) “Co-reference De Jure”

Chair: Kaan Arikan (Boğaziçi)

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Paolo Bonardi (Eidos, Geneva) “The Identity of Modes of Presentation and Mental Files”

Chair: Zübeyde Karadağ (Hacettepe)

15.00 – 16.30 Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi, Istanbul) “Reidian Direct Perception and Structured Event Files”

Chair: Çağlar Çömez (Boğaziçi)

16.30 – 18.00 Rachel Goodman (Leeds) “In What Sense are Mental Files Diachronic?” CANCELLED

18.00 – 19.30 Drinks at Keçi

19.30 Dinner at BÜMED

Wednesday, September 16th

10.30 – 12.00 David Papineau (KCL, London) “Public and Private Concepts”

Chair: Nazım Gökel

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Ilhan Inan (Boğaziçi, Istanbul) “Inostensible files”

Chair: Umut Eldem (Boğaziçi)

15.00 – 16.30 Aidan Gray (UIC, Chicago) “Is Coreference a semantic Primitive?”

Chair: Gozde Yildirim (Boğaziçi)

16.30 – 18.00 Anna Giustina (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris) “Phenomenal Concepts: Toward an Indexical Model”

Chair: Ceren Bozkurt (Galatasary)

18.00 – 19.30 Drinks at Keçi

19.30 Dinner TBA (Somewhere near campus)

Thursday, September 17th

10.30 – 12.00 Robin Jeshion (USC, Los Angeles) “A Partial Defense of Cognitivism and a Mental Files Framework for Singular Thought”

Chair: Oğuz Erdin (Boğaziçi)

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Bernard Molyneux (UC, Davis) and Paul Teller (UC, Davis) “modeling de se Belief”

Chair: Arzu Gokmen (Boğaziçi)

15.00 – 16.30 Angel Pinillos (Arizona State, Tempe) “De Jure Anti-Coreference and Mental Files”

Chair: Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi)

16.30 – 18.00 Keith Hall (USC, Los Angeles) “”Intantial Terms, Quantifiers, and Individual Concepts”.

Chair: Aran Arslan (Boğaziçi)

18.00 – 19.30 Drinks at Keçi

19.30 Dinner at Müşterek

Organizing Committee: Lucas Thorpe (Bogazici, Istanbul), Sun Demirli ((Bogazici),  Michael Murez (Jean Nicod, Paris), Andrea Onofri (Graz, Austria)

Written by Lucas Thorpe

August 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm

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Workshop and Conference on Theories of Causality and Occasionalism at Bogazici – June 2nd-7th, 2015

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Further details can be found here. Everyone welcome.



June, 2nd 2015-Tuesday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

10.00-10.10 Opening Remarks, Nazif Muhtaroğlu

10.10-10.20 Welcoming Remarks, Chryssi Sidiropoulou

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Islamic Philosophy

10.20-11.40 “Natural Causality: Views of Mu’tazilites and the Ash’arites,” Muhammad Basil Altaie (Physics Department-Yarmouk University, Jordan)

11.40-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.20 “Efficient Causation and Continued Existence in Kalam, Avicenna and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi,” Ayman Shihadeh (Department of the Near and Middle East-SOAS, University of London, UK)

13.20-14.50 Lunch Break

14.50-16.10 “Occasionalism and The Evolutionary Causal Process,” Alparslan Açıkgenç (Philosophy Department, Yıldız Technical University)

16.10-16.30 Coffee Break

  1. Session – Occasionalism and Causation among the Scholastics

16.30-17.50 “Suarez on Divine Efficient Causation,” Jeffrey McDonough (Philosophy Department, Harvard University, USA)

June, 4nd 2015-Thursday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

  1. Session- Occasionalism and Causation in Early Modern Philosophy

10.00-11.20 “The Causal Theories and Occasionalism among the Continental Rationalists,” Brandon Look (Philosophy Department, University of Kentucky, USA)

11.20-11.40 Coffee Break

11.40-13.00 “Malebranche’s Occasionalism and British Empiricists,” Nazif Muhtaroğlu (Philosophy Department, Boğaziçi University)

13.10-14.30 Lunch Break

  1. Session- Contemporary Theories of Causality and Occasionalism

14.30-15.50 “Prominent Theories of Causality Today,” Douglas Kutach (Philosophy Department, University of West Indies-Mona, Jamaica)

15.50-16.10 Coffee Break

16.10-17.30 “Current Approaches to Causality and Occasionalism”

Edward Moad (Philosophy Department, Qatar University)



June, 6th 2015-Saturday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

8.40-8.50 Opening Remarks, Nazif Muhtaroğlu

8.50-9.00 Welcoming Remarks, Chryssi Sidiropoulou

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Islamic Philosophy

9.00-9.25 “Causality: An Analysis of the Views of the Mu’tazilites and the Ash’arites,” M. Basil Altaie (Yarmouk)

9.30-9.55 “The Emanation Theory, Mere Conservationism and Occasionalism,” Davlat Dadikhuda (McGill)

10.00-10.25 “How Effective is the Comparison between Malebranche’s Occasionalist Causation and Dogen’s Soto Zen Buddhist Practice?
(in the light of another pair of comparison: Scholastics’ Concurrentism and Rinzai Zen Practice),” Takaharu Oda (Edinburgh)

10.25-10.35 Coffee Break

10.35-11.25 The Discussion of the First Session

11.25-11.45 Coffee Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Modern Philosophy

11.45-12.10 “Creatures that Cause? Pre-established Harmony and Occasionalism” Paul Martin (Ohio)

12.15-12.40 “Spinoza’s Pantheism and Malebranche’s Occasionalism” Brandon Look (Kentucky)

12.45-1.10 “Berkeley’s Rejection of Occasionalism” Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard)

1.15-1.40 “Hume, Kant and Al-Ghazali on the Universal Principle of Causality” Nazif Muhtaroğlu (Boğaziçi)

1.40-2.50 Lunch Break

2.50-3.40 The Discussion of the Second Session

3.40-3.50 Coffee Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Contemporary Philosophy

3.50-4.15 “How A Contemporary Theory of Fundamental Physics Supports Occasionalism” Douglas Kutach (West Indies)

4.20-4.45 “Regularity and Counterfactual Theories of Causation in Relation to Occasionalism” Edward Moad (Qatar)

4.50-5.15 “Knowledge, Minds and Causal Efficacy” Bruce Katz (Independent)

5.15-5.25 Break

5.25-6.20 The Discussion of the Third Session

June, 7th 2015-Sunday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

9.00-9.50 “Does Causal Dispositionalism Make Room for Occasionalism?” Anna Marmodoro (Oxford)

9.50-10.00 Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Quantum Mechanics

10.00-10.25 “Reviving Kalam Occasionalism by ways of Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories” Mehmet Bulgen (Marmara)

10.30-10.55 “Causality in Quantum Mechanics: A New Perspective” M. Basil Altaie (Yarmouk)

11.00-11.25 “How Quantum Mechanics Supports Occasionalism” Douglas Kutach (West Indies)

11.30-11.55 “Quantum Occasionalism” Vasil Dinev Penchev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

11.55-12.10 Coffee Break

12.10-1.00 The Discussion of the Fourth Session

1.30 Lunch

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

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Daniel Hutto at Bogazici: “Narrative Self-Shaping: A Modest Proposal” (8/06/2015)

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Hutto talk

Daniel Hutto will give a talk at Bogazici in TB130 entitled “Narrative Self-Shaping: A Modest Proposal”  on Monday June 8th from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome. Details on how to get to Bogazici by metro can be found here. And here’s a video showing how to find the TB building.

Daniel Hutto is the author of many books, including, Narrative and Folk Psychology (2009, editor), Folk Psychological Narratives: The Sociocultural Basis of Understanding Reasons (2007), Narrative and Understanding Persons (2007, editor), Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy: Neither Theory nor Therapy (2006), Beyond Physicalism (2000).

His latest book, written together with Erik Myin is Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content (2012). Prof. Hutto and Prof. Myin will be presenting a draft of their new manuscript at a conference at Bogazici from June 9-11, 2015. Details of this conference can be found here.

Abstract: This paper distinguishes a modestly construed Narrative Self Shaping Hypothesis (or NSSH) from Strong Narrativism in an attempt to motivate devoting our intellectual energies to the former.  Here is how the action unfolds. Section one briefly introduces the notions of self-shaping and rehearses reasons for thinking that self-shaping, in a suitably tame form, is, at least to some extent, simply unavoidable for reflective beings. It is against this background that basic commitments of a modest Narrative Self-Shaping Hypothesis (or NSSH) are articulated. Section two identifies a foundational commitment – the central tenet – of all Strong Narrativist proposals, those that posit a necessary link between self-shaping (or self-constitution) and implicit Narrativizing. Section three reminds the reader of Strawson’s (2004a) challenge to Strong Narrativism. It is revealed that Strawson’s objections are most effective if they target Strong Narrativism’s central tenet construed as phenomenological revelation about what is necessary for self-experience and not merely the psychological Narrativity thesis, construed as an empirical hypothesis about typical Narrativizing proclivities. Having set the stage, section four critically examines two different strategies, pursued by Rudd (2012) and Schechtman (2007) respectively, for escaping the horns Strawson’s dilemma poses for Strong Narrativism. In the end both strategies invoke the notion of implicit Narrativizing at a crucial juncture. Section five reveals that a substantive proposal about what implicit Narrativizing might be is lacking, hence we have no reason to believe that it actually occurs. It is concluded that, as things stand, Strong Narrativism has no way of avoiding the horns of Strawson’s dilemma.  The brief concluding remarks of the final section are a reminder why, despite their modesty, softer versions of the NSSH – when coupled with a developmental proposal about the narrative basis of our folk psychological competence – are non-trivial and worthy of further development and investigation.”

More Info: In Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences on Narrativity, Interpretation and Responsibility (other contributors include Daniel C. Dennett and Marya Schechtman). The final publication is available at Springer via DOI: 10.1007/s11097-014-9352-4

Support for this workshop was provided by BAP project 9320, ‘Kant on Character, Virtue and Impossible Ideals’.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

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Conference at Boğaziçi: Enriching Embodied Cognition, with Dan Hutto (Wollongong) and Erik Myin (Antwerp). 9-11/06/2015

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Hutto COnference

Enriching Embodied Cognition

With Daniel Hutto (Wollongong) and Erik Myin (Antwerp)

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Demir Demirgil Salonu

June 9th-11th, 2015

A video of how to find the Demir Demirgil Salonu once on campus can be found here.

Directions explaining how to get to Boğaziçi University by metro can be found here.

I have Inserted links to some of the talks into the program below and will add links to new papers if and when I receive them. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday 9th of June 2015

10:00-11:20    Daniel Hutto: “REC: Revolution Effected via Clarification”

11:30- 1:00     Erik Myin: “Radicals Assembled: The Case of Perceiving”

2:30-3:30        Anita Leirfall (Bergen, Philosophy) “A Proto-Proprioceptive Affected Causal Power of Thinking?

Kant on the Directions of Mind”

3:30-4:30        Victor Laughlin (Antwerp, Philosophy) “Anticipatory Mechanisms, the Hard Problem of Content

and Wittgenstein”

5:00-6:00        Matthew Jernberg (Bogazici, Philosophy) “Reformulating the Coupling-Constitution Fallacy”


Wednesday 10th of June 2015

10:00-11:20    Daniel Hutto:  “An Overly Enactive Imagination?

11:30- 1:00     Daniel Hutto & Erik Myin:  “Extensive Minds

2:30-3:30        Bill Wringe (Bilkent, Philosophy) “Some Worries about Embodied Imagination.”

3:30-4:30        Istvan Aranyosi (Bilkent, Philosophy) “Extensive Pain”

5:00-6:00        Annette Hohenberger (METU, Cog-Sci) “When is Cognition Embodied or Disembodied?

Evidence from Behavioral Discontinuities.”

Thursday 11th of June 2015

10:00-11:20    Daniel Hutto: “The Natural Origins of Content

11:30- 1:00     Erik Myin: “Radically Enactive Computation: Reasoning tis but RECkoning”

2:30-3:30        David Davenport (Bilkent, Computer Engineering) “”Not Content? Think(ing) Computation!”

3:30-4:30       Mathew Harvey (Southern Denmark, Philosophy) “Language without Representations”

5:00-6:00       Jasper Van Den Herik (Rotterdam, Philosophy) “Getting Real About Words”

Support for this conference was provided by BAP project 9320, “Kant n Character, Virtue and Impossible Ideals” and Tubitak Project 114k348 “Concepts and Belief: From Perception to Action”.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm

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