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Talk by Emin Karagözoğlu at Bilkent 20 November

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Emin Karagözoğlu (Bilkent, Economics)

“The Influence of Fairness Judgments, Reference Points, and Subjective Entitlements on Bargaining Behavior and Outcomes”

Date: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: A-130


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

Abstract: Bargaining has always been one of the most popular topics within the game theory tradition. Not surprisingly, it gained a similar status when economists started running lab experiments. Bargaining experiments conducted in the 80s led economists to question some of their assumptions such as “selfish, rational man”. One consequence was a fast growing line of work on altruism (or other-regarding behavior), social preferences, and bounded rationality. My experimental work on bargaining focuses mainly on three topics: (i) richness of the context, (ii) jointly produced bargaining pies, and (iii) fairness judgments, subjective entitlements, and reference points. In this seminar, I’ll talk about some regularities in behavior, which I have been observing in my experiments in the last ten years and discuss some potential research ideas that could be pursued using FMRI experiments.

About the speaker: Dr. Karagözoğlu received his PhD degree from Maastricht University in 2010 with his thesis on bargaining and claim problems. Broadly speaking, his fields of expertise are game theory, experimental economics, and behavioral economics. He taught courses on microeconomic theory, game theory, and bargaining theory and experiments in various universities. In his current research, Dr. Karagözoğlu investigates fairness judgments, focal/reference points, time pressure, communication, joint production, roles of effort vs luck, complementarity of inputs, transaction costs, and arbitration in bargaining games/problems. His articles appeared in prestigious international journals such as Management Science, Games and Economic Behavior, Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Annals of Operations Research, Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, Mathematical Social Sciences, Group Decision and Negotiation, Theory and Decision, and Operations Research Letters. Dr. Karagözoğlu has visited and conducted research at institutions such as Harvard University, MIT, LMU Munich, University of Nottingham, University of Innsbruck, Maastricht University, University of East Anglia. He is a CESifo-Munich research affiliate, recipient of The Science Academy’s Distinguished Young Scientist Award (2015) and Bilkent University’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2015). Dr. Karagözoğlu’s hobbies include reading about paradoxes in epistemology and probability theory, cognitive/neuro psychology, and literature; watching movies, auto races, and football.


Written by Sandrine Berges

November 15, 2018 at 10:12 am

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MA in Philosophy at Bilkent

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We are now accepting applications for our MA in Philosophy, Spring 2019 intake. Philosophy and non-philosophy majors encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: December 20, 2018

Details about the program and application process can be found here: www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr


Written by Sandrine Berges

November 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm

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Joana Serrado at Bilkent – 30 October 2018

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“Can a Female Slave be a Philosopher? Rosa Maria, the Transatlantic Black Slave and Immanuel Kant”

Date: Tuesday, 30 October, 2018

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: H-232

Organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy of Turkey.

Abstract: The 21st century is witnessing a democratisation of the history of philosophy and, particularly the recovery of women authors. But even then the angst of influence is still most prevalent. Anne Conway is included because of her connection to Leibniz, Emile du Chatelet because she translated and commented Isaac Newton´s Principia, Elisabeth of Bohemia because of her correspondence with Descartes.

The role played by elitist only serves to reinforce the role of privileged women in the history of philosophy, failing thus the basic purpose of feminism itself- which is a social and political transformation that enables women and men in their plurality to be full agents in their own right in the construction of a society according to the values of justice, diversity and inclusivity. A de-colonialist turn, therefore.

Here I focus on the works of Rosa Maria Egipcíaca da Vera Cruz, an eighteenth century slave who lived in three different continents: born and captured in Benin, West Africa, trafficked to Brazil, and persecuted in Lisbon. My goal is this paper is discuss her work in relation to Kant’s however improbably this might seem.

About the speaker:  Joana Serrado (BA, Coimbra 2001, MA, Porto 2005, Phd Groningen 2014) is currently a researcher at the Instituto de Filosofia, University of Porto. Previously she was the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow in Mysticism at the University of Oxford (2013-2017) and Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Divinity School (2010). Her research focuses on medieval and early modern history of ideas, philosophy and theology, in dialogue with feminist theory. Serrado´s work has appeared at Early Modern Women and Medieavalia: Textos e Estudos and she has forthcoming books in the  series “Other Voices in Early Modern Europe”,  and with Routledge. Her doctoral thesis on anxiousness in the Cistercian Joana de Jesus (1617-1681) is included in Bernard McGinn’s History of Christian Mysticism.

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October 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

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SWIP-TR Conference 25-27 October

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Conference by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 1st Annual Conference and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 25-27 October, 2018 at Bilkent University, Turkey.

Keynote Speakers

Zeynep Direk (Koç University, Istanbul)

Hatice Nur Erkızan (Muğla University, Muğla)

Hülya Şimga (Maltepe University, Istanbul)

Şerife Tekin (University of Texas at San Antonio)


Date of conference: 25-27 October 2018

Place: Bilkent University, Ankara, Room: H-232.

Registration: click here.

Program: click here.

Poster: click here.

Contact: swipturkey@gmail.com.

About the conference: The conference is organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)  with the support of Hypatia Diversity Grant and Bilkent University’s Department of Philosophy.

The goal of the event is to create 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 developments here.

The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on any area of philosophy, with two panels dedicated to students (one undergraduate, one graduate) spread over three days.

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 17, 2018 at 11:57 am

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Bilkent: MBB Seminar, Jedediah WP Allen

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Jedediah WP Allen (Bilkent, Psychology)

“iToM: An Explicit Action-based Approach for an Implicit Theory of Mind”

Date: Friday, 12th October, 2018

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: A-130

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



Abstract:  It has become increasingly clear over the last half century that there are multiple important changes in children’s abilities taking place at around age 4. These changes span social, emotional, and cognitive domains. While some researchers have argued that a domain-general development explains some of the changes, such a position is a minority view. In the current article, we provide some evidence for the development of an age 4 domain-general enabling constraint on children’s ability to reflect. In turn, the development of reflection is argued to enable the transitions that we see within and across developmental domains. The model of reflection being offered is part of a broader action-based model of cognition and mind – interactivism (Bickhard, 1973, 1978, 2009a, b). We use this broader action-based model to weigh in on a recent controversy in the early development of children’s social-cognitive abilities.

In particular, there is growing support for the conclusion that infants possess a rudimentary understanding of other people’s (false)beliefs based on research that uses looking time studies (Onishi & Baillargeon, 2005). However, the ability to reason about another person’s (false)beliefs has traditionally been assumed to develop around age 4 (Wellman, Cross, & Watson, 2001). Therefore, a new theory of mind debate exists about whether these early looking time studies involve the need to attribute false beliefs to others or not. We argue that children cannot reason about another person’s (false)beliefs without reflection; and therefore, that infant abilities only demonstrate an interactive knowledge of other people.

About the speaker: Jedediah WP Allen is an assistant professor of Psychology and co-director of the BIL-GE developmental lab at Bilkent University. He is an associated editor for New Ideas in Psychology and recently received a national grant. He pursues theoretical and empirical issues within the area of Developmental Cognitive Science with a focus on the nature of representation, learning, and development across the domains of social-cognitive and cognitive development. Specific areas of research and publication include: (over)-imitation, development of trust and deception, theory of mind development, infant research methodology, the nativist-empiricist debate, and the role of action-based frameworks for the study of developmental psychology.

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 4, 2018 at 9:14 am

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CFA: Graduate Conference in Political Theory – Amsterdam

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A message from the organizers:

Değerli hocalarım ve öğrenci arkadaşlarım,
Lisansüstü öğrenciler ve doktorasını yeni bitirmiş (post-doc) araştırmacıların katılımıyla gerçekleşecek olan Amsterdam Siyaset Kuramı Konferansı’nın özet çağrısını aşağıda sizlerle paylaşıyorum. Düzenleme komitesi olarak konferansımızda dengeli bir uluslararası çeşitlilik gözetmeye çalışacağız. Sizlerden bu iletiyi ilgilenebilecek  doktora sonrası araştırmacılarla ve doktora öğrencilerinizle paylaşmanızı rica ediyorum.
Uğur Aytaç
CfA: Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory

23-24 May, 2019, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Keynote speakers: Simon Caney (Warwick), Lisa Herzog (TU München)

The conference offers graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to present their research in a vibrant intellectual environment and receive feedback from dedicated discussants. Each session will give those presenting a chance to engage with faculty and students from the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit as well as the keynote speakers.

The theme for this inaugural event is: “Bringing Theory to Practice“. This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • The ways in which normative political theory can or should be in dialogue with the empirical study of society, i.e. how normative-institutional prescriptions should be informed by empirical evidence; how empirical studies should be responsive to normative considerations.
  • The new challenges to democratic participation and political decision-making in a ‘post-truth’ world characterised by citizens’ alleged distrust of traditional institutions (e.g. mass media, scientific expertise, parliaments) and the affordances of digital and social media.
  1. Doing normative political theory in non-ideal conditions: theorising the changing world order (e.g. Trumpian foreign policy, the rise of nationalist movements, climate change, mass migration, as well as resistance, e.g. by fourth wave feminist movements).

Papers that address any of these topics are welcome, as are papers that address the conference theme more broadly. This conference is aimed at researchers working on any subfield and/or tradition of Political Theory/Political Philosophy. We also welcome papers from interdisciplinary researchers (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science) whose work is at the intersection of normative and empirical studies of society.

Abstract submission deadline: 31.12.2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 31.01.2019. 
Format: Please format abstracts for blind review, excluding any personal and institutional information. Furthermore, we require a short cover letter that includes your institutional affiliation, contact information, and a brief bio outlining your research interests. 
Length: Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. 
How to submit: Please email your abstracts to amsterdamptc2019@gmail.com
Paper submissions: Successful applicants will be required to submit the full papers before 10.05.2019. Papers must not exceed 6,000 words.
Funding: There is no participation fee. Lunches and refreshments will be provided, regrettably we are unable to provide any funding for travel or accommodation.
Contact: Please contact amsterdamptc2019@gmail.com for further information.
Organizers: Ugur Aytac, Gerrit Schaafsma, Lea Klarenbeek, Alex Thinius

The Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory is a joint enterprise of PhD students from the University of Amsterdam (Departments of Philosophy and Political Science) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (John Stuart Mill College), as well as the Amsterdam Center for Political Thought.

Further information: See the website amsterdampoliticaltheory.weebly.com

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 4, 2018 at 9:11 am

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Talk by Kamuran Osmanoğlu at Bilkent

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“Against Phylogenetic Conceptions of Race”

By Kamuran Osmanoglu (Kansas, Philosophy)

Date: Tuesday May 22, 2018

Time: 1540-1700

Place: H-232



Abstract: Biological racial realism (BRR) continues to be a much-discussed topic, with several recent papers presenting arguments for the plausibility of some type of “biological race.” In this paper, the focus will be on the phylogenetic conceptions of race, which is one of the most promising views of BRR, that define races as lineages of reproductively isolated breeding populations. However, I will argue that phylogenetic conceptions of race fail to prove that races are biologically real. I will develop and defend my argument against the phylogenetic views of race by relying on current research in population genetics, human evolution, and social sciences. Ultimately, I will argue that (i) race is not a biologically legitimate category and (ii) philosophers should direct their resources to understand problems that arise due to racialization, and thereby they should find solutions to those problems.

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May 16, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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