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Bowe’s seminar (third session), Oct 23rd, 6pm

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We pick up tomorrow, October 23rd, at 6pm, at GSÜ, where we left off at Geoffrey Bowe’s seminar on Plato’s Republic. This session is entitled “Puppets, Sunshine and the Afterlife: Noble Lies and Orphic Myths”. And the discussant is İpek Tuncel from Koç University.

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October 22, 2019 at 9:29 am

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Bowe’s Seminar “On Plato’s ‘Republic'” in October at GSÜ

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Ancient Philosophy Istanbul is proudly hosting a four-session seminar by Geoffrey Bowe (İTÜ), “On Plato’s Republic“. The titles of each session and the names of the discussants are to be found below. Many thanks to İpek Tuncel for her contribution in organizing the discussants.
  • October 2nd: Structure, Character, Symbolism, Setting: Prosopography and the Politics of the Peloponnesian War – Discussant: Sözeri Şahin (Koç University)
  • October 9th: Which justice? Whose rationality? Inter-psychic and Intra-psychic Justice in the City-Soul Analogy – Discussant: Enver Ali Akova (Koç University)
  • October 16th: Puppets, Sunshine and the Afterlife: Noble Lies and Orphic Myths – Discussant: İpek Tuncel (Koç University)
  • October 23rd: Platonic Eudaimonism: Justice as the Health of the Soul – Discussant: Ongun Kılıç (Koç University)
All meetings are on Wednesdays at 6pm at GSÜ Erdoğan Teziç Salonu. Contact: cansuakarsu@gmail.com

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September 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm

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Talks at Ancient Philosophy Istanbul (AFİ) Fall 2019

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Ancient Philosophy Istanbul is organizing the following meetings as part of its 2019 Fall Conference Program:
  • On October 2, 9, 16 and 23rd, Geoffrey Bowe (İTÜ) shall give a four-session seminar in English, entitled “On Plato’s Republic“. The titles of the sessions are:
    • October 2nd: Structure, Character, Symbolism, Setting: Prosopography and the Politics of the Peloponnesian War
    • October 9th: Which justice? Whose rationality? Inter-psychic and Intra-psychic Justice in the City-Soul Analogy
    • October 16th: Puppets, Sunshine and the Afterlife: Noble Lies and Orphic Myths
    • October 23rd: Platonic Eudaimonism: Justice as the Health of the Soul
  • On November 27th, Levent Kavas (Yeditepe Üniversitesi) shall give a conference in Turkish, entitled “Eski Yunan Felsefesinin İlk Çağı: Ne Durumdayız?”.
  • On December 11 and 18th, Hakan Yücefer shall give a two-session seminar in Turkish, entitled “Badiou’nun Devlet‘i”. The first session is entitled “Bugün Platon’u Okumak”, the second “İş Bölümü, Demokrasi ve Komünizm”.

 

All meetings are on Wednesdays at 6pm at GSÜ Erdoğan Teziç Salonu. Contact: cansuakarsu@gmail.com

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August 30, 2019 at 11:19 am

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December 17: Seminar by Marwan Rashed on the Interaction between Commentator and Translator in Greek and Arabic

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Marwan Rashed (Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), UFR de Philosophie & Centre Léon Robin) will be giving a seminar in English at Galatasaray University on December 17th. Below are the details as well as information from two other sessions in French.

Programme :

– 16 décembre, mercredi, 9h-13h (Salle 323): Groupe de lecture du De anima d’Aristote)

– 17 décembre, jeudi, 17h-19h (Salle E. Teziç): Seminar on the Interaction between Commentator and Translator in Greek and Arabic.

– 22 décembre, mardi, 10h-13h (Salle 322): Atelier de paléographie grecque

Première rencontre du projet géré à l’Université Galatasaray dans le cadre de l’accord entre le CNRS et TÜBITAK – « Une analyse comparative et critique des conceptions de l’âme d’Aristote et d’Avicenne »

Contact: Burak Şaman, e.b.saman@gmail.com (0542 551 45 01)

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December 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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3-day seminar on Parmenides and Plato at GSÜ (July 15th, 17th, 19th)

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“Ontology as Wisdom Practice:

Parmenides’ Poem, Plato’s Republic (Book 1), Ion and Parmenides

Summer Seminar at Galatasaray University

July 15th, 17th, 19th, 2013.

Seminar leader: Eric Sanday (University of Kentucky)

Logistics: The seminar will take place from 18:00 to 20:00 at the Seminar Room at GSU. If you encounter problems getting in the university, call Ömer Orhan Aygün at 0543-3815091. The sessions will be in English. Hesiod’s Theogony is also a recommended secondary reading.

Content: The purpose of this seminar is to study what is called in the Platonic dialogues the “turning of the soul from becoming to being.” We’ll start with reflecting on the difference between being and beings in Parmenides’ poem. We’ll then see how Socrates’ appeal to forms as a normative basis for knowledge and expertise in Republic 1 and Ion draws on the ontological insights we were invited to witness in the poem. In the third session, which is on the first part of Plato’s Parmenides, we’ll see that the ontological insight in the poem and in Republic 1 is immediately subject to, and intelligible in terms of, categories that we know cannot properly apply to being.  That is to say:  we can win for ourselves true insight into the meaning of being, and yet we cannot help but submit this insight to inappropriate categories. The practical ramifications of this study are significant. I claim that it provides us with a model of rationality and divinity that is caringly attentive to the sources of being while remaining properly self-critical.  In short, what we win from this study is a robust conception of rational theology that has a praxical dimension and does not fall prey to certain key historical misconceptions and misappropriations of the Platonic project.

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July 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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