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New Group for Women Philosophers in Turkey

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Please check out our new page and join!

The purpose of this society for women in philosophy is to make things a bit easier, to give our current female undergraduates a better chance of succeeding as well as their male counterparts; and to give those of us who struggle in our jobs for promotion or recognition a forum where we can get together and help each other. More specifically, this society aims to foster exchanges between women philosophers studying or working in the field in Turkey, but also to involve Turkish women studying or working in philosophy abroad who want to stay in touch with developments here. To this end we intend to instigate an annual SWIP-TR conference, where any woman philosopher can submit a paper and, after a process of blind refereeing, present this paper. In time, we also want to hold workshops, e.g. on professional development for graduate students, and set up a mentoring scheme, so that younger members of the profession may benefit from the experience of others and learn about funding opportunities. We also aim to create links with SWIP groups in other countries, so as to facilitate the international networking of our members.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

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New Master’s in Philosophy at Bilkent

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The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University is very pleased to announce a new Master’s program starting this September.

Students enrolled in the program will get the opportunity to spend a semester at the Australian National University. All successful applicants will be awarded a full scholarship. Philosophy and non-philosophy majors are encouraged to apply.

The M.A. degree in philosophy is designed to develop an advanced understanding of philosophical problems, especially those in contemporary analytic philosophy and the history of philosophy. It provides students with an understanding of key philosophical debates and problems, and encourages them to develop and defend their own argumentative position. Coursework will often have an interdisciplinary character. Many courses will explore the impact of empirical and theoretical developments in other disciplines on contemporary philosophical debates.

The deadline for application is: Friday 10 June 2016.

Written exams will take place at Bilkent on : Wednesday 15 June 2016.

And interviews on: Friday 17June 2016.

APPLICANTS FROM ABROAD SHOULD CONTACT SIMON WIGLEY FOR SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: wigley@bilkent.edu.tr

For details on entry requirements and application procedure please go to : http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/academic/graduate/gra-req20.html

 

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 13, 2016 at 8:38 am

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Democracy and the Enlightenment, Işık University, May 24-26

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5 th International Conference of the Mediterranean Society for the Study of Scottish Enlightenment

Democracy and the Enlightenment

May 24-26, 2016, Isık University, Istanbul.

Program:

Tuesday, May 24

10:30-11:00 Welcoming Session

Sirin Tekinay (Isik University / Rector)

Greeting and Opening Speech

Dionysis G. Drosos (University of Ioannina):

Opening Remarks

Örsan K. Öymen (Isik University):

Opening Remarks

11:00-13:00 1st Session

Chair: Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University)

Dogan Gocmen (Dokuz Eylul University):

Enlightenment and Democracy: Ancient and Modern

Ioannis A. Tassopoulos (University of Athens):

Hobbesian Reciprocity and the Discourse of Factionalism and Democracy in the Federalist Papers: Some Comments on the History of Impartiality

Dionysis G. Drosos (University of Ioannina):

Modernity, Liberalism and the Lost Promise of Democracy

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 2nd Session

Chair: Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa):

Sam Fleischacker (University of Illinois-Chicago):

Hume’s and Smith’s Worries about Democracy  

Spyros Tegos (University of Crete):

The Problem of Authority in David Hume and Adam Smith

 Gloria Vivenza (University of Verona):

Adam Smith and Democracy

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 3rd Session

Chair: Dogan Gocmen (Dokuz Eylul University):

Nir Ben-Mosche (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign):

Comprehensive or Political Liberalism?: The Impartial Spectator and the Justification of Political Principles

 Yiftah Elazar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):

The Impartial Patriot: Adam Smith’s Theory of Enlightened Patriotism

Gokhan Murteza (Kırklareli University):

Democracy and Education in Adam Smith

Wednesday, May 25

10:30-12:30 4th Session

Chair: Örsan K. Öymen (Isik University)

Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University):

Inequality and (Loss of) Freedom

Stavroula Balafa (University of Ioannina):

Liberty and Equality in Rousseau’s “Republique”

Özlem Ünlü (Middle East Technical University):

Rooting out Rousseauesque Conscience from the Unity of Reason

 12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 5th Session

Chair: Dionysis G. Drosos (University of Ioannina):

Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa):

From “Republic of Letters” to “Democracy of Letters”: The Ambivalent Transition of Europe’s Translation-Culture in the Late Eighteenth Century

Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent University):

Kant’s Two Conceptions of Enlightenment

Christos Grigoriou (University of Crete):

Schiller’s Letters on Aesthetic Education. Republicanism and Democracy

Eylem Yolsal-Murteza (Kırklareli University):

Democracy as the Dissolution of the Markers of Certainty and the Empty Place of Power

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-18:00 6th Session

Chair: Sam Fleischacker (University of Illinois-Chicago):

Schmuel Feiner (Bar Ilan University):

Dreams and Nightmares: Moses Mendelssohn`s Battle for Religious Tolerance

Roberto Rodriguez Milan (Hellenic Open University):

The Spanish Enlightenment and Democracy: From “Sinapia” to “La Pepa”

Örsan K. Öymen (Isik University):

Atatürk, Democracy and the Turkish Enlightenment

Thursday, May 26

11:00-18:00 Visit to the Hagia Sophia, Citadel, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace & Archeological Museum.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

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Talk at Bilkent Tuesday 3 May 15:40

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Tuesday 3 May at 15:40-17:30 in room G160. All welcome.

To what extent does metaphysics depend on representationalism?

 

Jonathan Knowles

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

A prominent theme of neo-pragmatist thinking is that once we give up a certain representationalist conception of the relation between language and the world, many or even most of the characteristic concerns of philosophy will lapse. Among these are questions about how notions of everyday life such as meaning and value fit into a natural world (so-called ‘placement problems’). This line of thought is prominent in the work of Richard Rorty and, more recently, Huw Price. In this talk I critically examine Rorty’s and Price’s arguments against placement metaphysics from a rejection of representationalism. I will then discuss the implications of anti-representationalism for alternative or broader conceptions of what metaphysics might be.

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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CfA: 1st METU Graduate Student Conference

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Call for Abstracts:
The Middle East Technical University Philosophy Department’s graduate
students are organizing a conference for graduate students. The conference
will take place over the weekend of 11-12 June 2016. The language of the
conference is Turkish. Please distribute the call for papers below to
graduate students who might be interested in submitting their works.

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BİRİNCİ ODTÜ LİSANSÜSTÜ FELSEFE ÖĞRENCİLERİ KONGRESİ
11-12 Haziran 2016, ODTÜ Felsefe Bölümü, Ankara, Türkiye
Bildiri Özetleri için İlk Çağrı
Son teslim tarihi: 25 Nisan, 2016

Bu lisansüstü felsefe kongresi dünyanın her bir köşesinden Türkçe bilen lisansüstü öğrencilerinin Türkçe felsefenin en yüksek standartlarda yapıldığı yeni bir dönemin oluşturulmasına katkı sunabilmelerine için düzenlenmiştir. Bu kongrenin Türkiye ve ötesindeki genç araştırmacıların çağdaş felsefi problemler üzerine tartışmak için bir araya getirmesini hedefliyoruz. Bu sayede benzer konular üzerine çalışan genç araştırmacıların birbiriyle tanışması ve derinleşen işbirliklerine gidebilmesinin önünü açmayı ümit ediyoruz.
1. Tüm yüksek lisans ve doktora öğrencileri ile son sınıfta okuyan lisans öğrencileri Türkçe bildiri özeti gönderebilirler. Yurtdışında eğitimlerine devam eden arkadaşlarımızı da özet göndermeye özellikle teşvik etmek isteriz.
2. Hiçbir konu sınırlaması yoktur. Felsefenin her alanı, her türden felsefi ekol ve düşünceye eşit davranılacaktır.
3. Bildiri özetlerinin anonim şekilde hazırlanması gerekmektedir. Tanınmanıza yol açabilecek hiçbir şeyi özet metninize koymayınız. Genişletilmiş özetler 650-1,000 kelime arasında olmalıdır. Bu sayede bildirinizin argümanı açık hale gelecektir. Epostanızın gövdesini lütfen 5 adet anahtar sözcük yazınız. Özetinizi göndermeden önce daha önce herhangi bir akademik felsefe konferansına/kongresine konuşmacı olarak dahil olmuş bir arkadaşınızdan geribildirim alarak gerekirse ona göre özetinizi gözden geçirdikten sonra bir de daha önce bu türden konferanslarda hakemlik yapmış olan bir hocanıza özetinizi kontrol ettirmenizi kuvvetle öneririz.
4. Tüm özetler 25 dakikalık bir konuşmaya göre hazırlanmalıdır. 25 dakikalık bir sunumu 20 dakikalık bir soru-cevap ve tartışma kısmı izleyecektir.
5. Özetlerinizi lütfen “odtufelsefe.lisansustukongre@gmail.com” adresine “25 Nisan saat 23:59” tarihine kadar gönderiniz. Değerlendirme sonuçları 10 Mayıs tarihinden önce “olumlu” veya “olumsuz” olarak bildirilecek; ama hakem değerlendirmeleri paylaşılmayacaktır.
6. Gönderdiğiniz epostanın gövdesinde lütfen tam adınızı, bildirinizin başlığını, en sık kullandığınız eposta adresini, kurumsal mensubiyetinizi, eğitimizin hangi aşamasında olduğunuzu ve bu konferanstan nasıl haberdar olduğunuzu belirtiniz.
7. Epostanızın konu kısmına lütfen “2016 Konferans_Teslim” yazınız. Sadece MS Word veya PDF dosyası şeklinde dosya ekleyiniz.
8. Lütfen gerekli güncellemeleri, ek bilgileri ve ek kaynakları web sayfamızdan takip ediniz. http://www. lisansustukongre.phil.metu.edu.tr
9. Bildiri özeti kabul edilenler için 10 ve 11 Haziran tarihlerinde Ankara’da konaklama tarafımızdan ayarlanacaktır.
10. Eş zamanlı oturumlar olmayacaktır. Özetler hakkındaki son kabul ve ret değerlendirmeleri, özetlerin konunun uzmanı en az iki hakeme gönderilerek 1-5 arası verilen puanların aritmetik ortalaması alınarak oluşacak listede en üstte yer alan 12 özetin kabulü ile gerçekleşecektir.
Her türlü sorunuzu serdal82@gmail.com adresine yöneltebilirsiniz.

Written by Sandrine Berges

March 8, 2016 at 10:02 am

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Talk by Ken Westphal at Bilkent

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‘Wilfrid Sellars, Philosophical Semantics & Synthetic Necessary Truths’

Ken Westphal
Boğaziçi University
Department of Philosophy

DATE: Friday 4 March 2016
TIME: 16.40-18.00
PLACE: H-232

All welcome.
Abstract:

One feature of Sellars’s ‘philosophical’ semantics (EAE §§40, 67) concerns ‘syn- thetic necessary truths’ (SM 2:53, 3:18–19), a direct successor to C. I. Lewis’s (MWO, 1929: 227–9, 254–8) relativised pragmatic a priori. Following Reichenbach, Lewis and Parrini, I argue (briefly) that the relativised synthetic a priori required for natural science cannot be merely linguistic (§3). I then argue in detail that the relevant, relativised synthetic a priori cannot be merely meta-linguistic (§§4–7). So doing identifies the key distinction between empiricism and pragmatism; the role of that distinction in contrasting Lewis’s robust pragmatic realism in MWO(1929) to his empiricist relapse in AKV (1946); the key
contrast between the robust pragmatic realism of Classical American pragmatism and meta-linguistically inclined neo-pragmatism; and shows that Brandom’s (2015) inferentialist semantics is neo-pragmatist, not pragmatically realist; and that Sellars developed his philosophical semantics on behalf of robust pragmatic realism. Unlike Brandom, Sellars made his way back to robustly realist classical pragmatism by attending
closely to Carnap’s use of his formal semantics and its methodological links to Carnap’s explication of conceptual ‘explication’. Carnap’s explication of ‘explication’ reconnects to Lewis’s pragmatic realist semantics in MWO.

Written by Sandrine Berges

March 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

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“Women Philosophers on Autonomy”: Program and Poster.

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Feminist History of Philosophy

We now have the final poster and program of the International Workshop “Women Philosophers on Autonomy” which will take place at Yeditepe, Istanbul, 5-6th May, 2016 .

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Written by Sandrine Berges

March 2, 2016 at 2:23 pm

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