Talk at Boğaziçi by Sanna Hirvonen (Oxford) on “The Challenges and Advantages of Contextualism for Predicates of Taste” (Friday, 14/10/2-16)
Sanna Hirvonen (Oxford) will give a talk at Boğaziçi University this Friday (14/10/2016) from 5-7pm in Tb130 on “”The Challenges and Advantages of Contextualism for Predicates of Taste”. Everybody welcome.
Abstract: An account of the semantics / pragmatics of predicates of taste must be able to explain two apparently conflicting features: How the truth of judgments of personal taste depend on the taste of the speaker, and how there can still be disagreements of taste. Michael Glanzberg’s  “flexible” contextualist account holds that the context selects an experiencer class. If the experiencer class includes more people than the speaker, then a disagreement of taste may concern e.g. the average taste of the experiencer class. In this paper I show that the contextual mechanisms posited by Glanzberg lead to two kinds of undesirable predictions regarding entirely ordinary judgments of taste: (i) Some judgments of taste get highly unintuitive truth-values that the speaker / hearers are not able to track, and (ii) Some judgments of taste that fail to express propositions, but the speaker / hearers cannot tell when this happens.
Talk at Boğaziçi by Frank Zenker (Lund): “Can Bayesian models have ‘normative pull’ on human reasoners?” (Thursday, 13/10/2016)
Frank Zenker (Lund) will give a talk at Boğaziçi University this Thursday (13/10/2016) from 5-7pm in Tb130 on “Can Bayesian models have ‘normative pull’ on human reasoners?”. Everyone welcome.
Abstract: Rejecting the claim that human reasoning can approximate generally NP-hard Bayesian models—in the sense that the mind’s actual “computations” come close to, or be like, the inferences that Bayesian models dictate—this paper addresses whether a Bayesian model can have normative pull on human reasoners. For such normative pull to arise, we argue, a well-defined and empirically supported approximation relation is required—but broadly absent—between (i) human reasoning on the ground and (ii) the behavior of a non-NP-hard model. We discuss a responsible stance on this issue.
A long abstract can be found here.
We will hold our first meeting of the semester, however, this coming TUESDAY (September 27th) from 5-7pm in TB130. In this meeting we will decide what to read in the coming semester (so, please come with suggestions). And, we will discuss the following article:
George, Rolf (1981). Kants Sensationism. Synthese 47 (2):229 – 255.
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This reading group is part of 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) and by Lucas Thorpe’s Bogazici University BAP project 9320
Our philosophy/cog-sci reading group will continue this semester on Mondays from 5-7pm in TB365. The topic for the start of the semester will be affordances. Everyone is welcome.
We will begin this coming Monday (26/09/2016) by discussing the following article:
Lorenzo Jamone, Emre Ugur, Angelo Cangelosi, Luciano Fadiga, Alexandre Bernardino, Justus Piater and Jose Santos-Victor, (2016) “Affordances in psychology, neuroscience and robotics: a survey” IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COGNITIVE AND DEVELOPMENTAL SYSTEMS, VOL. XX, NO. XX, XXXX.
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This reading group is organised as part of Lucas Thorpe‘s TÜBİTAK project “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action” ( 114K348).
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 (3pm -5pm, TB130):
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 (4pm-6pm, Venue TB130):
Kant and Moral Psychology
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
(25th-27th June 2016)
Saturday, 25th June 2016
10.30 – 12.00 Paul Guyer (Brown) “Moral Worth and Moral Motivation: Kant’s Real View.” Chair: Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent)
12.00 – 1.00 LUNCH
1.00 – 2.20 Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) “Impulses, Inclinations and Maxims: A Kantian Alternative to Belief-Desire Psychology” Chair: Evrim Emir-Sayers (Amsterdam)
2.30 – 3.50 Sasha Mudd (Southampton) “Both the Law and the Good: Rethinking the Ground of Kant’s Ethics” Chair: Umut Eldem (Bogazici)
4.00 – 5.20 Jamie Buckland (IFILNOVA, The New University of Lisbon) “Kant: The Limiting Case of an Internal Reasons Theorist” Chair: Gamze Keskin Yurdakurban (Kırklareli)
Sunday, 26th June 2016
10.30 – 12.00 Alix Cohen (Edinburgh) “Kant on the Nature of Emotions” Chair: Özlem Duva (Dokuz Eylül)
12.00 – 1.00 LUNCH
1.00 – 2.20 Louise Chapman (KCL) “We Don’t Need No Noumena? Freedom Through Rational Self-Cultivation in Kant” Chair: Taylan Susam (Bogazici)
4.00 – 5.20 Carl Hildebrand (Oxford): “Education as Character Formation in Kant’s Pedagogy and Anthropology” Chair: Zübeyde Karadağ Thorpe (Hacettepe)
5.30- 7pm Daniel Mendez (Boston): ““casuistical questions” in Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals” Chair: Kaan Arıkan (Bogazici)
Monday, 27th June 2016
Venue: Demir Demirgil Solonu
10.30 – 12.00 Ken Westphal (Boğaziçi) “Aristotle, Kant & Moral Integrity: Our Fidelity to Reason” Chair: Melisa Kurtcan (Bogazici)
12.00 – 1.00 LUNCH
1.00 – 3.00 Local Graduate Student Papers: Chair: Lucas Thorpe (Bogazici)
1:00 – 1.30 Umut Eldem (Boğaziçi) “Kant’s Account of Conscience: A Reply to Dean Moyar”
1.30 – 2.00 Taylan Susam (Boğaziçi) “Weakness and Resolution in Kant”
2.00 – 2.30 Seniye Tilev (Boğaziçi) “Hope in Kant”
2.30 – 3.00 Gözde Yıldırım (Boğaziçi) “Understanding Intelligible Evil”
Support for this conference was provided by Funding for this Workshop was 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) and by Lucas Thorpe’s Bogazici University BAP project 9320