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Bridging the gender gap through time: how women philosophers of the past contributed to today’s thought

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Send your abstracts!

Feminist History of Philosophy


Call for Abstracts:

King’s College London
Friday, 23rd February 2018

Convenors:  Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent), Alan Coffee (King’s)
Keynote Speakers: Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame) and TBA

Conference webpage.

We invite abstracts of between 300 and 500 words. Talks will be 20 minutes long with a further 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

Please send abstracts prepared for anonymous review or any enquiries to BTGLondon2018@gmail.com by 30 September 2017. We aim to notify participants by 30 October. Registration for all other attendees will open in due course.

Women have had a far deeper and more extensive influence on the history than is commonly realised. Far from confining their interests to questions of gender and domestic matters, women have been writing on all aspects of philosophy for as long as such a discipline can be identified. Indeed, it is often surprising just how much high quality philosophical and political thought…

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Written by Sandrine Berges

June 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

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Reminder: Wollstonecraft at Bilkent 1-2 June

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Dear all,
This is to remind you that our conference on Mary Wollstonecraft’s contribution to contemporary issues in philosophy is taking place next week in A130.
We start on Thursday 1 at 10am and Friday at 10:40.
Refreshments will be provided.
Hope to see many of you there!
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See this page for program and abstracts.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 25, 2017 at 8:59 am

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Workshop on publishing in philosophy and political thought at Bilkent

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Friday 2 June, 12:40-13:30, A130

Alan Coffee, King’s College London.

Informal workshop about publishing in political thought.

Dr Coffee will be available to talk with graduate students (and undergraduates who are applying to do graduate studies) about the skill set necessary for publishing in philosophy, selecting journals, drafting, getting feedback, collaborating, responding to reviewers’ reports.

Dr Coffee prepared a handout for the workshop and it is available here.

Please come with your questions to A130 on Friday 2 June, 12:40 till 13:30.

Note that this will take place in the lunch break for the conference on Wollstonecraft that Alan and I are organizing. Please join us at the conference as well!

Details of the conference here.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 25, 2017 at 8:09 am

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Philosophy Senior Thesis Defenses at Bilkent

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Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Senior Thesis Defenses

Date: May 31, 2017 Time: 09:00-15:15 Place: H-235

All Welcome.



0900-0925: Reyyan Baş “A New Approach to Molyneux’s Problem”

0925-0950: Göksu Dayan “On Zombies”

0950-1015: Gülce Torun “Filling the Moral Gap between Rational and Emotional”

1015-1025: Break

1050-1115: Elif Erdoğan “Universality in Aesthetic Judgments”

1025-1050: Fatih Öztürk “Emotional Machines”

1115-1140: Eylül Yücel “Plato and Musonius Rufus on Gender Equality”

1140-1300: Lunch

1300-1325: Samet Sevindi “Is There a Duty to Obey the Law Beyond Political Obligation?”

1325-1350: Bilge Sever “Spinoza’s Understanding of Conatus and Evolutionary Ethics”

1350-1415: Emre Keser “Analytical Marxism: Marx, de non te fabula narratur!”

1415-1425: Break

1425-1450: Orhan Kavaş “Content Regulation and Photojournalism”

1450-1515: Deniz Koç “Lying: Should Politicians be Permitted to Lie?”

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm

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New Book on Diogenes of Oinoanda

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Diogenes of Oinoanda: Epicureanism and Philosophical Debates, ed. Jürgen Hammerstaedt, Pierre-Marie Morel and Refik Güremen, Leuven University Press, 2017.

First collection of essays entirely devoted to the inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda

“This is a very strong cast of contributors and the cumulative effect of the contributions is an important step forward in thinking about Diogenes of Oinoanda.” – Dr James Warren, University of Cambridge
List of Illustrations
Martin Ferguson Smith
Foreword. The Importance of Diogenes of Oinoanda
Pierre-Marie Morel and Jürgen Hammerstaedt
Martin Bachmann
Oinoanda. Research in the City of Diogenes
Jürgen Hammerstaedt
The Philosophical Inscription of Diogenes in the Epigraphic Context of Oinoanda. New Finds, New Research, and New Challenges
Michael Erler
Diogenes against Plato. Diogenes’ Critique and the Tradition of Epicurean Antiplatonism
Francesco Verde
Plato’s Demiurge (NF 155 = YF 200) and Aristotle’s Flux (fr. 5 Smith). Diogenes of Oinoanda on the History of Philosophy
Giuliana Leone
Diogène d’Œnoanda et la polémique sur les meteora
Francesca Masi
Virtue, Pleasure, and Cause. A case of multi-target polemic? Diogenes of Oenoanda, fr. 32-33 Smith
Voula Tsouna
Diogenes of Oinoanda and the Cyrenaics
Jean-Baptiste Gourinat
La critique des stoïciens dans l’inscription d’Œnoanda
Refik Güremen
Diogenes of Oinoanda and the Epicurean Epistemology of Dreams
Alain Gigandet
Diogène, Lucrèce et la théorie épicurienne de l’imaginaire. Fragment 9 – De rerum natura IV 971-993
Pierre-Marie Morel
La Terre entière, une seule patrie. Diogène d’Œnoanda et la politique
Geert Roskam
Diogenes’ Polemical Approach, or How to Refute a Philosophical Opponent in an Epigraphic Context
Abbreviations used for Diogenes and other Inscriptions of Oinoanda
About the Authors
Index of Places
Index of Gods and Mythological Figures or Concepts
Index of Ancient Persons, Philosophical Schools and Concepts
Index of Persons of Modern Times
Index of Ancient Texts

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

MA at Bilkent – Deadline 22 May

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We are now accepting applications for the M.A. in Philosophy (for those starting the degree in Fall 2017).

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a comprehensive scholarship (tuition waiver, accommodation and stipend).

Up to five successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend a semester at the School of Philosophy at Australian National University.

The philosophy department at Bilkent is ranked #1 in Turkey for research. Our research focuses on central areas of analytic philosophy: metaphysics and philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. We also have strengths in the history of philosophy.

This is a two year masters that includes coursework and a thesis.

Philosophy and non-philosophy majors are encouraged to apply. We also warmly welcome applications from international students. The language of instruction for all courses is English.

For further information about the department and the master’s program go to: http://phil.bilkent.edu.tr/

Admission requirements and online application can be found here.

Deadlines for Fall 2017 applicants:
Application deadline: 22 May 2017
Written exam: 25 May 2017*
Interview: 26 May 2017*

* International students may take the written exam remotely and complete the interview via skype. A similar arrangement may be possible for Turkish students who are not based in Ankara.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm

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Erdinç Sayan at Bilkent 12 May

“Contra Cantor: How to Count the “Uncountably Infinite

Erdinç Sayan (METU)

Friday, 12 May, 2017, 1100-1230, G-160

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Abstract: Georg Cantor’s celebrated diagonalization argument is supposed to demonstrate that the set of real numbers has a higher cardinality than the set of natural numbers. In other words, real numbers are “uncountably (or nondenumerably) infinite” whereas natural numbers are “countably (or denumerably) infinite.” I argue that the set of real numbers is, like the set of natural numbers, denumerably infinite, not nondenumerably infinite. I first discuss an attempt to directy demonstrate the denumerable infinity of real numbers between 0 and 0.999… and show that that attempt fails. I then propose an idea about an indirect way of establishing the denumerable infinity of real numbers. My method is to use tree diagrams. For convenience and simplicity of the diagrams, I employ the binary number system to represent real numbers rather than the ordinary decimal number system.
Then I take up the task of showing that, not only the real numbers between 0 and 0.999…, but the entire set of real numbers are countably infinite. Next, I argue that Cantor’s diagonal argument is fallacious and point to the exact sources of its failure. I then move on to criticize another version of the Cantorian diagonalization maneuver to prove that the power set (set of all subsets) of natural numbers is nondenumerably infinite, with cardinality א1. I also show that another one of Cantor’s contentions is erroneous. Against his claim that the power set of real numbers is nondenumerably infinite, with cardinality א2, I show that that set too is denumerably infinite. I end with some concluding remarks.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

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