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MA Philosophy at Bilkent – Round 2

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Applications for Masters in Philosophy (Round 2)


We are now accepting the second round of applications for the M.A. in Philosophy (for those starting the degree in Fall 2016).

Up to five successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend a semester at Australian National University.  In addition successful applicants will receive a comprehensive scholarship (tuition waiver, accommodation and monthly stipend including private health insurance).

This is a two year masters that includes coursework and a thesis. The language of instruction for all courses is English.

Admission requirements and online application can be found here.

Philosophy and non-philosophy majors are encouraged to apply. We also warmly welcome applications from international students.


Application deadline (Round 2): 18 July 2016
Written exam (Round 2): 25 July 2016**
Interview (Round 2): 27 July 2016**

Contact:  phil@bilkent.edu.tr


*Those planning to take the COPE exam on June 28-30 should contact us at the above email address by June 22 to reserve a place.

** International students may take the written exam remotely and complete the interview via skype.



Written by Sandrine Berges

June 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

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METU Undergraduate Students Philosophy Conference

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Call for Abstracts:

The Middle East Technical University Philosophy Department’s undergraduate students are organizing a conference for undergraduate students. The conference will take place over the weekend of 5-6 November 2016. The language of the conference is Turkish. Please distribute the call for papers below to undergraduate students who might be interested in submitting their works.” (http://philevents.org/event/show/23506)


Written by Sandrine Berges

June 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 22/06: Sandrine Berges on Sophie de Grouchy

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“Sophie de Grouchy and the publication of Condorcet’s Sketch of Human Progress: a tale of exclusion”.

Wednesday 22 June, 12:40 – 13:30, H235

In this paper I examine some of the evidence for collaboration between Condorcet and Sophie de Grouchy on the writing of the Sketch of Human Progress, but also, uncover the ways in which the publication and reception of that text worked to exclude a woman who was a philosopher in her own right from a work she clearly contributed to.

In 1795, the Convention of the French Republic, regretting its role in bringing about Condorcet’s death, commissioned 3000 copies of his last piece, a Sketch of Human Progress. Daunou was chosen to edit it and wisely, he asked Condorcet’s widow and collaborator, Sophie de Grouchy, to co-edit. This same text was re-edited by Grouchy in 1802 when she brought out the complete works of her husband, but when in 1847 Arago, of the Academie Francaise, decided to publish a new edition of the complete works, he put the Daunou/Grouchy edition of the Sketch aside and instead ‘went back to the manuscript’ provided him by his own co-editor, the Condorcets’s daughter Eliza.

A look at the manuscript itself shows that it would have been hard to extract a clear text from it – it is hard to decipher, heavily annotated, and clearly waiting further revisions. Moreover, some of the annotations appear to be in Grouchy’s hand, suggesting that she may have collaborated with her husband on the manuscript.

There are other reasons to suppose that husband and wife may have worked together on the Sketch, some relating to the history of this particular work, but also because they had collaborated in the past.

If I am right that Sophie de Grouchy had a hand in the writing of the Sketch, it seems that we have strong reasons not to dismiss – and indeed to prefer – her edition of that same text in 1795, and again 1802, as she would have been in a much stronger position to make sense of that very messy manuscript than an editor half a century later would.

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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Nazim Keven joins Bilkent Philosophy

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The philosophy department at Bilkent is extremely happy to announce that Nazim Keven (PhD, WUSTL Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program) will be joining the department in Fall 2016. Nazım’s main area of research is the philosophy of mind, with a particular focus on the nature of memory, reasoning, emotions, and the self.

He has a forthcoming target article in ‘Behavioral and Brain Sciences’, as well as articles in ‘Synthese’ and ‘Hippocampus’.

Web page: http://wustl.academia.edu/NazimKeven

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This comes after two other new  appointments :
David Kovacs (PhD, Cornell) – David’s primary area of research is metaphysics and philosophy of mind. He has publications in Mind,Philosophical Quarterly, and Ratio.

Rina Tzinman (PhD, Miami) – Rina’s main area of research is metaphysics and philosophy of mind, with a particular emphasis on person identity.

Welcome Nazim, David and Rina!

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm

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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.


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.


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.

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May 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

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