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Adam Bradley at Bilkent, 4 October

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The Paradox of Pain

By Adam Bradley (Antwerp, Center for Philosophical Psychology)

Date: Friday 4th October

Time: 1100-1230

Place: H-232

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Abstract: Bodily pain strikes many philosophers as deeply paradoxical. The issue is that pains seem to bear both physical characteristics, such as a location in the body, and mental characteristics, such as being subjective entities to which subjects have privileged and peculiar epistemic access. In this paper I clarify and address this alleged paradox of pain. I begin by showing how a further assumption, Objectivism, the thesis that what one feels in one’s body when one is in pain is something mind-independent, is necessary for the generation of the paradox. Consequently, the paradox can be avoided if one instead adopts Subjectivism, the thesis that what one feels in one’s body when one is in pain is something mind-dependent. Subjectivism, however, raises serious puzzles, for it is not obvious how anything can possess all of the features we associate with bodily pain. To address this puzzlement and finally put the paradox of pain to rest, I develop the Embodied View of Pain, a novel metaphysical account on which pains are constitutively mind-dependent features of parts of a subject’s body.

About the speaker: Adam Bradley received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. He works at the intersection of philosophy of mind, cognitive science, epistemology, and metaphysics. His research to date has been focused on bodily awareness, our awareness of our bodies ‘from the inside,’ including bodily pain. This has lead to a recent article in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research on the feeling of bodily ownership. Dr Bradley is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp, working on with Bence Nanay and colleagues on the ERC funded project ‘Seeing Things You Don’t See.’

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Written by Sandrine Berges

September 24, 2019 at 3:44 pm

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SWIP-TR Muğla: deadline for abstracts approaching

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Call for Abstracts: 2ndCongress by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 2ndAnnual Congress and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 14-16 November, 2019 at Mugla University, Turkey.

Date of the conference: 14-16 November 2019
Place: Mugla University, Mugla, Turkey.
Abstracts: On any topic in philosophy in English or Turkish
Word limit: No more than 500 words.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October 2019
E-mail: Anonymised abstracts and a separate sheet with contact details as word or PDF document to swipturkey@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2019 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”
The conference is organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR) with the support of Mugla University Philosophy Department and Bilkent University Philosophy Department.
The goal of the event is to provide a forum for women in philosophy to meet and help each other. More specifically, we wish to foster exchanges between women philosophers studying or working in Turkey as well as women from Turkey who study or work in philosophy abroad and want to stay in touch with the philosophical developments here.
The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on any area of philosophy spread over three days. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of Arkhe-Logos Philosophy Journal.

Written by Sandrine Berges

September 20, 2019 at 10:04 am

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CFA: Second SWIP-TR conference at Muğla

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Call for Abstracts: 2ndCongress by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 2ndAnnual Congress and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 14-16 November, 2019 at Mugla University, Turkey.

Date of the conference: 14-16 November 2019
Place: Mugla University, Mugla, Turkey.
Abstracts: On any topic in philosophy in English or Turkish
Word limit: No more than 500 words.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October 2019
E-mail: Anonymised abstracts and a separate sheet with contact details as word or PDF document to swipturkey@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2019 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”
The conference is organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR) with the support of Mugla University Philosophy Department and Bilkent University Philosophy Department.
The goal of the event is to provide a forum for women in philosophy to meet and help each other. More specifically, we wish to foster exchanges between women philosophers studying or working in Turkey as well as women from Turkey who study or work in philosophy abroad and want to stay in touch with the philosophical developments here.
The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on any area of philosophy spread over three days. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of Arkhe-Logos Philosophy Journal.

 

 

Written by Sandrine Berges

July 27, 2019 at 1:39 pm

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Imagination and Mental Imagery Reading Group at Bilkent

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In preparation for the Exploring the Mind’s Eye interdisciplinary conference, which will take place on October 25-26 at Bilkent, we will have a reading group on imagination and mental imagery where we will discuss some papers by the conference speakers. We will have three sessions this summer, and we will continue in late September. The readings (which might be adjusted based on the participants’ suggestions) for the summer sessions are as follows:

Session 1: June 18, Tuesday, 15:00-16:30, H-355

Session 2: July 2, Tuesday, 15:00-16:30, H-355

Session 3: July 16, Tuesday, 15:00-16:30, H-355

If you are interested in joining the reading group, please contact Tufan Kıymaz.

Organized by the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Group at Bilkent University.

 

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 25, 2019 at 4:07 pm

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Call For Poster Proposals: Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination

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We are pleased to invite submissions to Exploring the Mind’s Eye: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination for poster presentations. The conference will be held at Bilkent University, Ankara on October 25-26, 2019 and it is organized by the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience. The aim of the conference is to bring researchers interested in the philosophy and science of imagination together to initiate discussions and possible new collaborations. For the conference webpage click here.

The deadline for poster submissions is Friday, July 12, 2019 (midnight, GMT). Poster proposals should be between 500-1000 words and they should be submitted as a PDF file at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=img2019

Travel and accommodation costs belong to the accepted poster presenters, but we can help with reserving on-campus accommodation.

There will be a Cappadocia trip on October 27-28 following the conference. The conference organizers will handle details and logistics but those interested in joining will be expected to cover their own costs. For more information about Cappadocia, click here.

 

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Possible Topics:

We invite topics on all areas related to philosophy and science of imagination, including (but not limited to):

  • The representational content of mental imagery
  • Pretence, play and imagination
  • Neuroscience of mental imagery
  • Aphantasia and similar neurological conditions
  • Psychological significance of imagination
  • Modal knowledge, conceivability and imagination
  • Mental time travel
  • Embodied imagination
  • Imagination in aesthetics and philosophy of fiction

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Adam Zeman
  • Amy Kind
  • Daniel Stoljar
  • Bence Nanay
  • Anna Abraham
  • Margot Strohminger
  • Kourken Michaelian
  • Deena Weisberg
  • Tufan Kıymaz

All questions about submissions should be emailed to imgconf@bilkent.edu.tr

(A call for registration will be announced soon. Registration is required but there won’t be a registration fee)

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 22, 2019 at 4:24 pm

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Talk by Chris Brown at Bilkent, 21 May

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“Exclusion endures: How compatibilism allows dualists to bypass the causal closure argument”

By Chris Brown (CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy)

Date: Tuesday 21st May, 2019 

Time: 1500-1645 

Place: H-232

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Abstract:  Jaegwon Kim maintains that his ‘exclusion argument’ forces us to accept reductive physicalism, which identifies mental and other high-level properties of the world with lower-level properties, over nonreductive physicalism, which avoids such identifications. According to Kim, the exclusion argument shows that any nonreductive view leads to either epiphenomenalism or unacceptable overdetermination of physical effects by physical causes. However, a popular nonreductive physicalist approach called ‘compatibilism’ aims to show that physicalism need not collapse high-level properties into lower-level physical. Compatibilism attempts to block the exclusion argument by attending to the tight modal relationship between higher and lower properties required by nonreductive physicalism. Unfortunately, a similarly tight modal relationship will be embraced by any dualists who hold that natural laws are metaphysically necessary. Despite its increasingly widespread popularity among nonreductive physicalists, it thus seems that the compatibilist’s proposed solution cannot be upheld without removing the barriers to dualists of this sort.

About the speaker: Chris Brown is a PhD student in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. He works primarily in philosophy of mind, metaphysics and Nietzsche, with an emphasis on the mind-body problem, physicalism, and Nietzschean psychology and value theory. He has publications in Analysis, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Erkenntnis and Topoi.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm

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Talk by Walter Veit at Bilkent, 16 May

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“Ecological Scaffolding and Natural Selection”

By Walter Veit (Bristol, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday, 16th May, 2019 

Time: 1640-1800 

Place: A-130

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Abstract: For decades Darwinian processes were framed in the form of the Lewontin conditions: reproduction, variation and differential reproductive success were taken to be sufficient and necessary. Since Buss (1987) and the work of Maynard Smith and Szathmáry (1995) biologists were eager to explain the major transitions from individuals to groups forming new individuals subject to Darwinian mechanisms themselves. Explanations that seek to explain the emergence of a new level of selection, however, cannot employ properties that would already have to exist on that level for selection to take place. Recently, Hammerschmidt et al. (2014) provided a ‘bottom-up’ experiment corroborating much of the theoretical work Paul Rainey has done since 2003 on how cheats can play an important role in the emergence of new Darwinian individuals on a multicellular level. The aims of this paper are twofold. First, I argue for a conceptual shift in perspective from seeing cheats as (i) a ‘problem’ that needs to be solved for multi-cellularity to evolve to (ii) the very ‘key’ for the evolution of multicellularity. Secondly, I illustrate the consequence of this shift for both theoretical and experimental work, arguing for a more prominent role of ecology and the multi-level selection framework within the debate then they currently occupy.

About the speaker: Walter Veit is currently a graduate student at the University of Bristol studying Philosophy of Biology and Cognitive Sciences. Before that, he studied Philosophy & Economics at the University of Bayreuth, with some minor interruptions – an internship at the European Parliament, a research project at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and a semester abroad at the University of Helsinki.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 14, 2019 at 11:26 am

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