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Talk at Istanbul Bilgi 17 March: Geoffrey Bowe, “Socratic Spaces: Ingress and Egress, Inside and Outside – Setting in Plato’s Dialogues”

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Written by roberthowton

February 26, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Posted in Ancient Philosophy

Talk at Koç 25 February: Victoria Rowe Holbrook, “Plato in the Quran: Seeing the Truth”

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Dr. Victoria Rowe Holbrook (İstanbul Bilgi) will present “Plato in the Quran: Seeing the Truth” as part of the Certificate in Classical Studies Guest Lecture Series at Koç University.

Time and Date: 17:30-19:00 on Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Location: SOS B11, Koç University

Abstract: Plato’s thought was a major factor in the Arabic Translation Movement of the 9th-10th centuries, and myriad afterlives of his topics and themes are attested in philosophical and imaginative literature in Persian and Turkish.  The status of Hellenism in the oral culture of 7th-century pre-Islamic Arabia, however, is only beginning to be assessed.  My recent research is focused on Platonic material in the Gracious Quran.  In this talk I will analyze the Quranic transposition of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

About the Speaker: Victoria Rowe Holbrook teaches philosophy in the Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture.  She acquired her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.A and Ph.D. from Princeton Near Eastern Studies.  She has taught at Columbia, Bosphorus, Koç and Bilkent Universities, as well as at Ohio State University, where for eighteen years she directed the program she founded in Ottoman and Modern Turkish Literary and Cultural Studies.  She has published numerous articles, monographs and translations in the fields of Islamic thought and Turkish literature. The Turkish translation of her The Unreadable Shores of Love: Turkish Modernity and Mystic Romance is in its 7th printing, and among her translations are The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk, The New Cultural Climate in Turkey by Nurdan Gürbilek, Listen: The Spiritual Couplets of Mevlana Rumi by Kenan Rifai, and the forthcoming O Mankind, a commentary on the Quran by Cemalnur Sargut. 

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Written by roberthowton

February 19, 2020 at 2:37 pm

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

Prof. Osman Bakar // The Epistemologies of al-Farabi and al-Ghazzali: Comparative Perspectives

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Istanbul Sehir University Philosophy Talks 17



“The Epistemologies of al-Farabi and al-Ghazzali: Comparative Perspectives”

Prof. Osman Bakar

Distinguished Professor and Director Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Al-Farabi (870 AD– 950 AD) and al-Ghazzali (1058 AD – 1111 AD) are among the intellectual giants in the history of Islam. They were separated in time by nearly two centuries but judging from their writings they appeared to have been contemporaries. They belonged to two different intellectual schools of thought, al-Farabi to the Peripatetic school and al-Ghazzali to the school of kalam (“dialectical theology”). Their thoughts have both similarities and differences. Professor Bakar will discuss their similar ideas such as in their acceptance of the ideas of hierarchy of knowledge and tawhidic epistemology as well as their differences with regard to their understanding of the relationship between intellect-reason and revelation, their notions of philosophy, and the relationship between religion and philosophy. Professor Bakar presents arguments that despite their differences on many intellectual issues they are united in their thinking at a deeper level and as such are to be regarded as coming from the same intellectual universe of Islam.


Written by metindemirsehir

December 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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

Diogenes of Oenoanda at Galatasaray and in Muğla

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Colloque International
Diogène d’Œnoanda : Épicurisme et Controverses Philosophiques
22-24 septembre 2014 – Istanbul/Muğla

Université Galatasaray – ISTANBUL

Première Journée – 22. 09. 2014 Lundi
09.00 – 09.45 Accueil des participants
10.00 – 10.20 Ouverture du colloque
10.20 – 11.20 Francesca Masi (Università Ca’Foscari – Venezia) « Pleasure, Virtue and Cause. Diogenes of Oenoanda and the Stoics »
11.20 – 12.20 Voula Tsouna (University of California – Santa Barbara) « Diogenes of Oenoanda on the Cyrenaics and the Sceptics »
12.30 – 14.00 Déjeuner
14.00 – 15.00 Francesco Verde (Università Roma I – ‘La Sapienza’) « Plato’s Demiurge (NF 155) and Aristotle’s Flux (fr. 5 Smith): Diogenes of Oinoanda on History of Philosophy »
15.00 – 16.00 Michael Erler (Julius–Maximilians – Universität Würzburg Institut für Klassische Philologie) « Diogenes against Plato. Diogenes’ Critique and the tradition of Epicurean Antiplatonism »
16.00 – 16.20 Pause
16.20 – 17.20 Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (CNRS UMR 8061, Centre Léon Robin) « La critique des stoïciens dans l’Inscription »

Deuxième Journée – 23.09.2014 Mardi
10.00 – 11.00 Dirk Obbink (University of Oxford) « Diogenes of Oenoanda on the Gods »
11.00 – 12.00 Alain Gigandet (Paris) « Diogène d’Oenoanda fr. 9 – Lucrèce, IV, 973-86: un élément-clé de la théorie épicurienne de l’imaginaire »
12.00 – 13.30 Déjeuner
17.00 Départ à Muğla

Université de MUǦLA

Troisième Journée – 24.09.2014 Mercredi
09.00 – 10.00 Accueil des participants
10.00 – 11.00 Martin Bachmann (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Istanbul) « Framework and Results of the Oinoanda Survey Project 2007-2012 »
11.00 – 12.00 Jürgen Hammerstaedt (Universität zu Köln) « The importance of the site of Oinoanda and its inscriptions for interdisciplinary research, the cultural heritage and the society of the 21st century »
12.00 – 12.30 Pause
12.30 – 13.30 Geert Roskam (KU Leuven – Catholic University of Leuven) « Diogenes’ Polemical Approach, or How to Refute a Philosophical Opponent in an Epigraphic Context »
13.30 – 14.30 Déjeuner
14.30 – 15.30 Pierre-Marie Morel (Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne UMR 7219 – Institut Universitaire de France) « Diogène d’Œnoanda et la politique »
15.30 – 16.30 Giuliana Leone (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) « Diogène d’Oenoanda et la polémique sur les meteora »
16.30 – 16.45 Pause
16.45 – 17.45 Refik Güremen (Mimar Sinan University – Istanbul) « Diogenes of Oinoanda and the Epicurean Epistemology of Dreams »

Clôture du colloque

Comité d’organisation :
Pierre-Marie Morel (Université Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne)
Jürgen Hammerstaedt (Universität zu Köln)
Refik Güremen (Université Mimar Sinan – refikg2001@yahoo.com )
Ömer Orhan Aygün (Université Galatasaray)

Pour toute information : refikg2001@yahoo.com

Institutions partenaires :

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Istanbul (http://www.dainst.org/)

Institut Français des Etudes Anatoliennes (www.ifea-istanbul.net/)

Mugla University (www.mu.edu.tr/)

Written by Sandrine Berges

July 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Talk at Bilkent – Adam Crager (Princeton): “Aristotle on the Finitude of Essence”

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Adam Crager form Princeton University will give a talk at the Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy on April 10, 2014 Thursday at 17:40 o’clock, Room G160.

Written by Doğan Erişen

April 8, 2014 at 10:22 am