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Workshop at Boğaziçi: Interactivism and Enactivism with Mark Bickhard (1/06/2016)

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There will be a workshop at Boğaziçi on 1/06/2016 with Professor Mark Bickhard (Lehigh) on Interactivism and Enactivism from 3pm-7pm in TB130. Everyone welcome.

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3pm-5pm The Interactivist Model

Abstract: A shift from a metaphysical framework of substance to one of process enables an integrated account of the emergence of normative phenomena. I show how substance assumptions block genuine ontological emergence, especially the emergence of normativity, and how a process framework permits a thermodynamic-based account of normative emergence. The focus is on two foundational forms of normativity, that of normative function and of representation as emergent in a particular kind of function. This process model of representation, called interactivism, compels changes in many related domains. The discussion ends with brief attention to three domains in which changes are induced by the representational model: perception, learning, and language.

5pm – 7pm Interactivism and Enactivism: Some Thoughts and Comparisons

Abstract: Interactivism and enactivism spring from some similar insights and intuitions. There are, however, some arguably significant divergences, and I will explore a few of the important similarities and differences. Topics addressed include the basic notions of how cognition and mind emerge in living systems; how growth, learning, development, and adaptation can be modeled within the basic frameworks; and how phenomenological investigations can be taken into account and their phenomena modeled.

This talk is organised as part of Lucas Thorpe‘s TÜBİTAK project “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action” ( 114K348).

 

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May 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm

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Three Scholarships for Turkish academics and graduate students to attend UK Kant Society Conference in Southampton from the 5th to 6th of September 2016

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2016 UK Kant Society Annual Conference: Kant, Normativity, and Naturalism

As part of the joint Boğaziçi -Southampton Newton-Katip Çelebi project  “Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government” (Jointly run by Lucas Thorpe and Sasha Muddwe have three scholarships of of £750 for Turkish academics and graduate students to participate in the 20016 UK Kant Society conference to be held in Southampton from 5 – 6 September 2016. Any academics and graduate students based in Turkey are eligible to apply. 

Those interested should send an abstract (excluding any self-identifying information) of between 800 and 1000 words to turkant@gmail.com by July 1st 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by July 10th.

(UPDATE: a couple of people have already asked me if the deadline for Turkish applicants is JULY 1st, and the answer is yes).

Details about the conference can be found here.

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May 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci talk at Boğaziçi: Marcin Miłkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences) on ” Situatedness and embodiment of computational systems” (09/05/2016)

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Marcin Miłkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences) will give a talk at Boğaziçi University next Monday (09/05/2016) on the “Situatedness and embodiment of computational systems”. The talk will take place from 5-7pm in TB130. Everybody welcome.

PHILOSOPHY & COG.SCI. TALK by (2)

This talk is organised as part of Lucas Thorpe‘s TÜBİTAK project “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action” ( 114K348).

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May 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci talk at Boğaziçi: Jonathan Knowles (NTNU) “Anti-representationalism about thought and about perception” (05/05/2016)

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Jonathan Knowles (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) will give a talk this Thursday (05/05/2016) at Boğaziçi University from 5-7pm in TB130, on “Anti-representationalism about thought and about perception”. Everyone Welcome.

ANTI-REPRESENTATIONALISM ABOUT THOUGHT AND ABOUT PERCEPTION (2)

ABSTRACT:  The term ‘anti-representationalism’ and its counterpart ‘representationalism’ are used in a variety of different contexts in contemporary philosophical discussion. In this largely exploratory talk I will try to relate three of these different contexts to one another and sketch a more overarching anti-representationalist theory that draws on elements from each, hopefully thereby increasing the credibility of anti-representationalism both at local and global levels (so to speak). I take as my starting point the neo-pragmatist anti-representationalism associated especially with Richard Rorty and Huw Price. According to this (‘anti-representationalism about thought’, or ART) thoughts are not to be understood in terms of substantive relations of reference or truth to reality, an idea which is also meant to undermine many of the traditional metaphysical and epistemological concerns of philosophy.  Following Price’s lead, I will nevertheless pursue the question whether ART can be vindicated in a naturalistic setting. To this send, I first consider the representationalist versus anti-representationalist debate in cognitive science, suggesting that ART is not  inconsistent with either camp, though more naturally gels with the latter (ARCS). I then also consider a final debate where the distinction has been used, namely that about the nature of perception and perceptual experience. Here I suggest ART is in serious tension with representationalism about perception (since this involves, in Burge’s terms, a ‘non-deflationary’ conception of content), and consider different forms of anti-representationalist accounts that might instead be allied to it (i.e. of ARP). I argue however that neither the official neo-pragmatist nor recent so-called naïve realist accounts of perception are satisfactory to this end. I end with suggesting that a variant of enactivism ­– a form of both ARCS and ARP ­– can be seen as a more promising bed-fellow for ART and indeed as also standing to benefit from its alliance with the latter.

This talk is organised as part of Lucas Thorpe‘s TÜBİTAK project “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action” ( 114K348).

 

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May 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm

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CFA: Kant and Moral Psychology at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) June 25th-27th, 2016

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Kant and Moral Psychology (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)
June 25th-27th 2016.

Abstracts should be submitted to turkant@gmail.com by April 30th. Successful applicants will be informed by may 5th 2015.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Paul Guyer (Brown)
Ken Westphal (Boğaziçi)
Alix Cohen (Edinburgh)

In this conference we hope to bring together researchers working on Kant with an interest in Moral Psychology, and researchers working on Moral Psychology who have an interest in Kant, and so we hope to have a mixture of historical and problem based papers. In much of the Anglophone literature on moral psychology many of the assumptions are broadly Humean, and we believe the Kantian tradition offers a rich, alternative framework that has often been overlooked. We have a broad understanding of what moral psychology is about and among the topics we hope to address are the following: What criteria must a plausible moral psychology meet? What do we want out of such a theory? What sorts of capacities does a moral agent require and how, if at all, does Kant provide insight into the meaning of such requirements? What are the roles of emotions and feelings in Kant’s moral philosophy? What sort of capacities does a Kantian Moral agent require? Does Kant have a plausible account of moral development and moral education? How does his account of moral development relate to his moral philosophy as a whole? Is a Kantian understanding of human psychology compatible with contemporary empirical findings? How should we understand Kant’s distinction between phenomenal and intelligible character? What is the role of judgment in Kantian ethics? How does Kant understand moral deliberation? What is the source of human immorality?

There will be at least one session arranged for presentations by graduate students.

This conference is organized by Dr. Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) and Dr. Sasha Mudd (Southampton) as part of their joint Boğaziçi -Southampton Newton-Katip Çelebi project AF140071 “Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government”.

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April 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

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Kant Reading Group to continue at Bogazici on Tuesdays

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Ken Westphal and I will continue with out Kant Reading Group this semester on Tuesdays from 5.15-7pm. Meeting in TB130. EVERYONE WELCOME!

We will start this Tuesday (15/02/2016) by discussing a work in progress by Ken Westphal on “Kant, Aristotle and our Fidelity to Reason”. We will also make a decision about what to read for the rest of the semester.

If you would like a copy of this paper, or to be added to our mailing list, please email Melisa: melisakurtcan@gmail.com

Support for this reading group is provided by the joint Boğaziçi -Southampton Newton-Katip Çelebi project AF140071 “Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government” run by Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) and Sasha Mudd (Southampton).

Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci Reading Group at Bogazici on Mondays this Semester

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This semester we will continue with our Cog-sci/Philosophy Reading group this semester. We will meet on Mondays from 5-7pm in TB365.

We will have our first meeting this coming Monday (15/02/2016). At this meeting we will discuss the following paper:

Nicholas Silins, “Silins, Nicholar (2016) Cognitive Penetration and the Epistemology of Perception“, Philosophy Compass, 2016

We will also discuss what to read for the rest of the semester.

If you are interested in being on our mailing list, please email Elif at: conceptsandbeliefs@gmail.com

This reading group is organised as part of the Tubitak project (114K348): “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action“. 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm

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