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

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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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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        Jasper Van Den Herik (Rotterdam, Philosophy) “Getting Real About Words”

5:00-6:00        Mathew Harvey (Southern Denmark, Philosophy) “Language without Representations”

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm

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Workshop in Istanbul on “Seeing and Disjunctivism” with Sofia Miguens and Charles Travis (22/05/2015)

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Koç University Philosophy Department Presents

Seeing & Disjunctivism 

with Sofia Miguens and Charles Travis

on Friday May 22nd, 14:30 – 18:00

at Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, İstiklal Cad. No:181, Beyoğlu

[Please note that the event will take place off campus.] 



“Is seeing judging? Conceptions of perceptual experience and motivations for disjunctivism”

Sofia Miguens- University of Porto

Abstract: In order to assess commitments of different uses of the notion of representation in conceiving of perceptual experience I focus on the John McDowell-Tyler Burge controversy over disjunctivism and perceptual psychology (Burge 2005, McDowell 2011, Burge 2011, McDowell 2013 a, McDowell 2013b; also Burge 2003). Going through McDowell’s responses to Burge I analyse motivations for disjunctivism and discuss some claims, both tenable and untenable, that seeing (or experiencing, in general) is judging.


“The Room in a View”

Charles Travis- King’s College London & University of Porto

Abstract: Between 1946 and 1949 Wittgenstein took up the topic of seeing-as for a second time (the first in the Tractatus). This time it is interwoven with discussions of many more parts of mental life. Why the interest? And why the setting? Two motives: 1) to correct the Tractatus’ mistaken view (of seeing-as, and of representation) 2) to explore the work of meeting Frege’s challenge: in an account of mental life, always to respect the essential publicity of thought. Two lessons which emerge: 1) the importance of distinguishing two forms of authority: expert and executive. 2) Motivations for ‘disjunctivism’ (not that Wittgenstein was a disjunctivist). A third: the importance of what Frege saw and young Wittgenstein missed.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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Conference at Boğaziçi: Normativity in Action (16/05/2015)

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Normativity in Action (poster)

Normativity in Action

1st Southampton-Boğaziçi Workshop on Agency and Autonomy
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Ibrahim Bodur Oditoryumu
1pm – 6pm

1.00  – 2.30  Jack Woods (Bilkent) “Footing the Costs (of Normative Subjectivism)”
Respondent: Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki)
Chair: Merve Tapınç (Boğaziçi)

2.30 – 4.00  Jonathan Way (Southampton) “Reasons and Guidance’
Respondent: Eylem Özaltun (Koç)
Chair: Çağla Çimendereli (Boğaziçi)

4pm- 4.30 Coffee Break

4.30 – 6.00 Alex Gregory (Southampton) “Aversion to Second-Order Desires.” ”
Respondent: Ayca Boylu (Izmir)
Chair: Matthew Jernberg (Boğaziçi)

6.00-7.30 – Drinks at Keçi

7.30pm Dinner.

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).

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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Conference on Modernism in Istanbul (18-19/04/2015)

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April 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

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CFA: Enriching Embodied Cognition (Boğaziçi) 9-11/06/2015

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Call For Abstracts: Enriching Embodied Cognition
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
June 9th-11th, 2015

Keynote Speakers: Daniel Hutto (Wollongong) and Erik Myin (Antwerp)

This workshop will be centered around material for the manuscript of Hutto and Myin’s latest book, Enriching Embodied Cognition: A Unified Enactivist and Ecological Framework, which is a follow-up to their 2013 book Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content.

Articles and draft material will be circulated to the participants in advance, and in the morning sessions Hutto and Myin will present and discuss core arguments with the participants. In the afternoon participants will present papers. These papers should be on themes discussed in the book, but do not have to be direct responses to Hutto and Myin’s work. If you would be interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please send a short abstract to istanbulembodied@gmail.com by April 20th. Successful applicants will be informed by April 25th.

Enriching Embodied Cognition: A Unified Enactivist and Ecological Framework will provide an enriched understanding of embodied cognition: showing just how embodied it is and just how it is embodied. This book integrates what is best in the replacement approaches, advancing the sciences of the mind by providing a novel framework for non-representational embodied cognition ­ one that refines and critically synthesizes the main insights of the enactivist and ecological traditions. Hutto and Myin argue that once unified replacement approaches have all that is needed to do the necessary enriching work. In making their case Hutto and Myin highlight a recognized danger ­ call it the Retention Worry ­ that many applications of embodied, enactive cognition, (with headline cases in psychology, psychiatry and sports science) are missing the point. The Retention Worry arises for any account of embodied cognition that retains too much traditional thinking about the role of mental representations in cognition, for such accounts fail to successfully motivate any role for the body or environment, let alone the one identified in the research]. Only by clarifying what, if any, role representations play in cognitive science explanations will we gain a deeper and clearer understanding of the nature of embodied cognition.

This workshop is organized as part of Lucas Thorpe’s Tubitak project: Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action.

The proposed chapter structure of the book can be found below the fold:

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Kant Reading Group at Bogazici (Spring 2015, Thursdays, 5.15-7pm)

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We will be continuing with our Kant reading group at Bogazici this semester. We will meet in TB365 on Thursdays, 5.15-7pm.

We will start this Thursday (12/02/2015) by looking at Kant’s essay “On the Common Saying: that may be true in theory, but is no use in practice”. A copy of the essay can be found here.

During the first meeting we will decide what to read for the rest of the semester.

If you would like more information, or would like to be added to our mailing group, please email Melisa: melisakurtcan@gmail.com

Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

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