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Symposium at Bilkent 25 May- Three Women Political Philosophers of the Late Enlightenment

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On the occasion of a visit by Dr Martina Reuter (University of Jyväskylä) and Dr Alan Coffee (King’s College London) the Department of Philosophy at Bilkent is hosting a symposium on the work of three philosophers of the late eighteenth century.

If you would like to participate in the event as a respondent, please get in touch with me (sandrineberges@gmail.com).

Here is, below, the provisional program.

Three women political philosophers of the late Enlightenment.

Monday 25 May 2015.

Room G160

10.40-11.10: Welcome

11.10 – 12.30: Martina Reuter: “The role of passions in Wollstonecraft’s concept of virtue”

12.30 – 13.50: Lunch Break

13.50 – 15.20: Alan Coffee: “Catharine Macaulay and Neo-Roman Republican Theory”

15.20 – 15.40: Tea Break

15.40 – 17.00: Sandrine Berges: “ Phlipon Roland’s Rural Republicanism”

Abstracts will be posted soon and drafts of the papers will be available to respondents.

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Revised Program and call for commentators: Resistance, Disobedience and Coercion, 22-23 May, Bilkent

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Dear all

Our program for the workshop on Resistance, Disobedience and Coercion is now final. We are looking for commentators for papers. If you are planning to be in Ankara on 23 or 24 May, and would be interested in taking part, please get in touch with Lars Vinx (vinx@bilkent.edu.tr), or myself (berges@bilkent.edu.tr) and we will try to fit you in.

Here is the program below, with abstracts.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

10.00-11.00:    Martina Reuter, University of Jyväskylä

Hannah Arendt and John Rawls on the Justification of Civil Disobedience

11.00-12.00:    Alberto Siani, Yeditepe University

Legitimacy, Coercion and Resistance in Rawls’ Political Liberalism

12.00-13.30     Lunch Break

13.30-14.30     Sine Bagatur, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Right to Resistance as the Fundamental Human Right

14.30-15.30     Jacob Maze, Middle Eastern Technical University

Foucault, Governmentality, and Civil Disobedience: A Foucauldian Analysis of Resistance and the Rights of the State

15.30-17.00     Kimberley Brownlee, University of Warwick

The Many Faces of Disobedience

19.00-22.00     Workshop Dinner

Friday, 22 May 2015

10.00-11.00:    Amanda Cawston, University of Cambridge

 Resistance is Futile? The Problem of Resistance in a World of Alienated Violence

11.00-12.00:    Vincent Millou, Sciences Po

The Case for Uncivil Disobedience

12.00-14.00:    Lunch Break

14.00-15.00:    Jorge Nunez, Manchester Metropolitan University

Normative Systems as Law in Synergy: Validity and Effectiveness

15.00-16.30:    Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia

Coercing Obedience – The Authority’s Perspective

Abstracts: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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History of women philosophers and scientists at Yeditepe, Istanbul.

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

The Department of Philosophy at Yeditepe, Istanbul, is offering, jointly with the University of Paderborn, the world’s first Master’s program in the History of Women Philosophers.

The Department of philosophy will host an event to present the new program Joint Master Program on 9th April. The German Minister for Innovation, Science, and Research of Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, Frau Svenja Schulze, will attend the opening and  Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber, head of Paderborn Philosophy Department, will give a talk entitled “2600 Years History of Women Philosophers”. The event will take place in German and Turkish – program below. Everybody welcome, please share!


yeditepe program

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Written by Sandrine Berges

April 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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Cfp: Resistance, Disobedience and Coercion at Bilkent 21-22 May.

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 Two-Day Workshop on ‘Resistance, Disobedience, and Coercion’ at Bilkent University

Keynote Speakers: Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick) and Frederick Schauer (University of Virginia)

The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University invites contributions to a two-day workshop on ‘Resistance, Disobedience, and Coercion’, which is to take place at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, on 21-22 May 2015.

What are the conditions that would justify citizens of a democratic state in disobeying or even in resisting the law? What responses, on the part of the government, might be justified given such disobedience or resistance? More generally, what role does coercion play for the proper functioning of law? Are legal norms essentially coercive, or do they possess an authority that is independent of their coercive force?

If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of 250 words, prepared for blind review, to Lars Vinx, Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University (vinx@bilkent.edu.tr) by 15 February 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 22 February. The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University will provide free accommodation in guest houses on the Bilkent campus to the participants of the workshop.

Written by Sandrine Berges

January 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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Celebrating the Diversity of Analytic Philosophy at Bilkent tomorrow

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The Philosophy Department at Bilkent University is happy to announce a workshop celebrating the
diversity of analytic philosophy in honor of UNESCO World Philosophy day.
The speakers are Nurbay Irmak from Boğaziçi University, Harry Platanakis from Koç University, and Derek Baker from the Lingnan University in Hong Kong, Sandrine Berges and Simon Wigley from Bilkent. The event will be held in G-160 on Thursday, November 20th. The schedule can be found in the link
below. Hope to see you there!


Written by Sandrine Berges

November 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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Diogenes of Oenoanda: Abstracts

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The abstracts for the Diogenes of Oenoanda conference to be held in Istanbul and Muğla on 22-24 September are now available on a dedicated WordPress site, here.

Written by Sandrine Berges

August 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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Assos conference proceedings in Cambridge University Press

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The summer 2010 conference organised by Örsan Öymen at Assos, on the topic of Aristotle’s Politics, has given rise to a volume published by Cambridge and edited by two of the speakers at the conference, Pierre Destree and Marguerite Deslauriers. Details of the conference can be found on the Philosophy in Assos webpage (click on ‘Information’ and scroll down to July 2010).

Congratulations to Örsan, and everyone else involved!


Those of you who’ve been to one of the Assos conferences, will recognize the view of the Temple of Athena on the cover – the starting point of the conference every summer!

Written by Sandrine Berges

August 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm


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