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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).

 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

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”.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

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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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

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

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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