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Hanna Read and Rafael Ventura will give a joint talk on April 26, Friday at 17h in JF507 (Bogazici)

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Hanna Read and Rafael Ventura (both from Bilkent University) “Signaling Polarization” ABSTRACT: Most accounts of the harm done by derogatory terms focus on the targets of derogation. In this paper, we argue that some forms of derogatory speech harm not only the targets of derogation, but also their users. By signaling lack of cooperation, derogatory language hinders communication. This deteriorates communication across the entire community, which has practically, epistemically, and morally harmful consequences.

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April 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm

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Two talks on April 12, Friday at Bogazici

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“Moral Certainty in the Light of Wittgenstein”
Ryan Manhire, Åbo Akademi, Finland and Flinders University, Australia
April 12, Friday at 15:00 JF 507

“Ethical Commitment Between Political Theory and Social Science”
Dr Campbell, Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, Czech Republic
April 12, Friday at 17:00 JF 507

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April 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

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Johanness Frietsche’s talk on April 5, Friday

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“Skillful coping, experience, and the universality of Kant’s table of judgments”
April 5, Friday at 17h in JF 507

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March 24, 2019 at 6:11 pm

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Istvan Aranyosi will talk on perception and memory on April 1, Monday at 13h in NB 119

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“Perception and Memory, ABSTRACT: I am going to explore the relationship between perception and memory, after which I draw some consequences critical to extant philosophical accounts of memory and put forward an alternative view of my own.

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March 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm

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meeting on March 22, Friday for a follow up to last week’s qualia talk

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The discussion will focus on how the view presented last time might be improved upon. Stephen Voss will run the discussion. Place: John Freely 507; Time: 17h

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March 18, 2019 at 9:15 pm

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Stephen Voss’ qualia talk on March 15, Friday at 17h in JFB

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Stephen Voss, Are there Qualia? March 15, Friday in John Freely 507 at 17h

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March 9, 2019 at 10:13 pm

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Ilhan Inan’s talk on Feb 22, Friday at Bozazici (JF507 at 17h)

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Awareness of Ignorance

ABSTRACT: Humans may be the only species on earth that have the aptitude to become aware of their own ignorance. This peculiar skill plays a pivotal role in our daily deliberations, decisions and actions, and our communication with others; it is what allows us to enjoy the mental state of curiosity, being the primary motivator for us to ask a question to others (as a speech act) or to ourselves (as a mental act) and then inquire into the unknown, individually or collectively; without it science, philosophy, technology, literature, religion and advanced forms of art which have shaped modern human cultures would not have been possible. Though the notion of awareness of ignorance and its close cousins have been in use within the philosophical literature for more than two millennia, there are a host of interesting philosophical questions concerning awareness of ignorance that have not been discussed in depth by philosophers, some not even ever addressed. How is it all possible for a being to become aware of their ignorance? Is it a mental state? Does aware of ignorance require the mental representation of an unknown? Is ignorance gradable, i.e. does it come in degrees? How does awareness of ignorance relate to the asking of a question? Does awareness of ignorance always have
propositional content? Is the acquisition of propositional knowledge always sufficient to eliminate one’s ignorance? There are various specialized areas of research within philosophy and cognitive science in which these questions could have been addressed as a special topic of interest; they relate to various ongoing debates within epistemology, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, as well as a host of related specific fields such as action theory, mental representation, meta-cognition, theory of mind, the logic of
questions and answers, the philosophy of curiosity, and virtue epistemology. In what follows I wish to address these questions, though I shall only have space to discuss some of them in depth. The focus of the discussion will be on the awareness of one’s own ignorance, rather than the awareness of the ignorance of others.

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February 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm

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