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Int. Workshop on Theory (Re-)Construction in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (TRC2020), 7-8 NOV 2020 (online or on-site)

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Int. Workshop on Theory (Re-)Construction in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (TRC2020)

Sat & Sun, 7-8 NOV 2020 (online or on-site)

Boğaziçi University, Dpt. of Philosophy & Cognitive Science Program, 34342 Bebek/Istanbul, Turkey
https://bit.ly/TRC-BOUN-2020

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

It has been repeatedly observed that the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS) lack well-developed theoretical superstructures, structures that researchers could apply to generate (point-)predictive empirical hypotheses. The MTR project treats this lacuna as an important reason to explain, and to treat, the ongoing replicability crisis in the ESBS.

We invite abstracts from any scientific field addressing this lacuna via reconstructions of empirical theories (from the ESBS or not), research on frameworks (or methods) for theory reconstruction, synchronic or diachronic work on concept formation/ontology in the ESBS, and explanatory accounts why this lacuna persists. We particularly invite applied work on how to go about constructing an ESBS theory.

Participation is on-site or online. There are no fees. Please submit an abstract (max. around 500 words) plus key references by 15 SEPT 2020.

What now?

Submit abstract https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=trc2020

Receive e-mail updates https://bit.ly/TRC2020-registration

Registration https://bit.ly/TRC2020-registration

Learn more about MTR  https://mtrboun.wordpress.com/home-2/project/about/

Important Dates

Deadlines are at midnight, GMT+3.

Abstract submission 15 SEPT 2020
Acceptance letters sent 30 SEPT 2020
Registration for speaker 15 OCT 2020
Program ready 22 OCT 2020
Registration for discussants by 1 NOV 2020

Contact

Zeynep Burçe Gümüşlü
gumuslu.burce@gmail.com

 

 

 

CFP: Synthese Topical Collection on Imagination and Its Limits

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Call for Papers:

Synthese Topical Collection

“Imagination and Its Limits”

Guest Editors:

  • Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna College)
  • Tufan Kıymaz (Bilkent University)

Imagination is at the center of contemporary debates in the philosophy of mind. The ontological status of mental imagery, the epistemological status of imagined scenarios in terms of counterfactual and modal claims, and the relationship between imaginative ability and phenomenal knowledge are all rigorously debated in analytic literature. Likewise, the nature and function of imagination is an important and lively area of research in neuroscience and psychology.

We invite contributions for the Synthese Topical Collection titled “Imagination and Its Limits.” Questions about the limits of imagination fall roughly into three categories:

(1) Questions about the nature of imagination, such as: What cognitive phenomena fall under imagination and what cognitive phenomena do not? What are the different kinds of imagination? Is mental imagery necessary for imagination?

(2) Questions about the (proper) function of imagination, such as: In what ways is imagination used? In what ways can it be used? What is the role of imagination in perception, memory, our engagement with fiction, phenomenal knowledge, moral knowledge, self-knowledge, knowledge of conditionals and modals, etc.?

(3) Questions about the reach and range of imagination, such as: Can imagination extend beyond the merely possible to the impossible? Are there some scenarios that cannot be imagined, and if so, why not?

Appropriate Topics for Submission include, among others:

  • The representational content of mental imagery
  • Neurophilosophy of mental imagery
  • Modal knowledge, conceivability and imagination
  • Mental time travel
  • Embodied imagination
  • Imagination in aesthetics and philosophy of fiction
  • Imagination in science
  • Imagination and philosophical intuitions
  • Methodological role of imagination in philosophy

The deadline for submissions is June 7, 2020.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://www.editorialmanager.com/synt  

After logging in to the system, please select the option “TC : Imagination and Its Limits” from the Article Type scroll-down menu.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts will be refereed through a peer-review process. All submitted articles should comply with Synthese’s Submission Guidelines:
https://www.springer.com/journal/11229/submission-guidelines

For further information, please contact Tufan Kıymaz

tufan.kiymaz@bilkent.edu.tr, Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

This Topical Collection is based on Exploring the Mind’s Eye: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination, October 25-26, 2019, Bilkent University.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

January 15, 2020 at 12:04 pm

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Call for Abstracts: 4th International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Bilkent

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The 4th Bilkent International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held on 4-5 April at Bilkent University, Ankara.

Keynote speaker: Heidi Maibom (Professor of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati)

Call for abstracts:
Deadline: February 23, 2020
500-1000 words for talks, 300-500 words for posters, via email: philstudentconf@bilkent.edu.tr

Students from all universities and departments are welcome to participate. Participants are encouraged to apply from outside Ankara, and we will do our best to arrange accommodation if needed.

Presentations will be of two types: 20-minute talks and poster presentations.
Each presenter will receive a certificate of participation.

Submission Guidelines:

1. There is no restriction on subject matter, as long as a philosophical argument is presented.
2. Not only philosophy students but also students from other departments are welcome.
3. Submissions and all other inquiries should be sent by e-mail to philstudentconf@bilkent.edu.tr
4. Participants should send a long abstract of 500-1000 words to be considered for a talk, or a short abstract of 300-500 words to be considered for the poster session. If you submit a long abstract, please indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for the poster session as well, in case it is not accepted for verbal presentation.
5. Please attach one copy of your long or short abstract, with its title on top, but is otherwise anonymous and does not in any way give away the identity of the author.
6. Please include in the body of the e-mail submission your full name, university affiliation, the title of your paper and your contact information (such as your e-mail address).
7. The submitted abstracts, the talks, and the posters will be in English.
8. Standard poster size is 36×48 inches (about 91 x 122 cm) or A0.
9. The deadline for submission is February 23, 2020. Accepted submissions will be announced by March 1, 2020.

Click here for photos from last year’s conference.

Organizers:
Bilkent University Department of Philosophy
Bilkent Philosophical Society
Bilkent Cognitive Science Society

For more information: http://www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

December 22, 2019 at 12:31 pm

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Call for papers DEU Journal of Humanities

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From the DEU Journal of Humanities Editors

Dokuz Eylul University Journal of Humanities is a national peer-reviewed journal published twice a year. Articles are published both in print and PDF format on the journal’s web site. Articles from a variety of disciplines of human sciences including language, culture, literature, translation studies, history, sociology, psychology, archeology, philosophy, museology and art history, are published in Turkish, English, and German. Proposals should be written in Microsoft Word document and submitted to <deuedebiyat.dergi@gmail.com>. In order to be eligible for publication, it is required that the proposals be prepared in accordance with the publication guidelines determined by the Journal Editorial Board. The field(s) of science, keywords and abstract in Turkish and in the language of the article should be included in the article’s cover. The papers written in Turkish should also include an abstract in English. Authors are also required to submit a letter of undertaking in order to confirm the application information. Detailed information regarding publication guidelines and format as well as a letter of undertaking can be obtained from our web site. 
The deadline for submitting papers to DEU Journal of Humanities for the Volume 5, Issue 1 (2018) is the 16th of February, 2018.

Written by Sandrine Berges

November 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Bilkent

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1st Bilkent Undergraduate Students Philosophy Conference on April 29th. Submission Deadline April 15th.

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We are happy to invite undergraduate students to take part in the first Bilkent Undergraduate Students Philosophy Conference to take place on April 29th. The purpose of this conference is to give a chance to the undergraduate students to share their arguments with their peers. Students from all universities and departments are welcome to participate with philosophy papers they have written for their upper-level undergraduate courses or in their spare time. Accepted submissions will be presented by their authors on the day of the conference, with a commentator’s presentation on the paper to follow up in response.

The conference will take place at I.D. Bilkent University, on April 29, 2017. Participants are encouraged to apply from outside Ankara, and we will do our best to arrange accommodation, if needed.

Accepted submissions will be announced on April 21, 2017.

Presentation Details:
Presentation: 30 Minutes
Commentator: 15 Minutes
Question-Answer: 10 Minutes

Submission Guidelines:
1. There is no restriction on subject matter, but papers are restricted to present a philosophical argument.
2. Not only philosophy students but also students from other departments are welcomed.
3. Submissions, and all other enquiries should be sent by e-mail to: philstudentconf@bilkent.edu.tr
4. Please attach one copy of your paper, with its title on top, but is otherwise anonymous and does not in anyway give away the identity of the author.
5. Please include in the body of the e-mail submission your full name, the title of your paper and your contact information (such as your e-mail address).
6. Participants should send an abstract of their paper that is between 800-1000 words.
7. The submitted abstracts and the presentations should be in English.
8. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2017

Submissions will be evaluated by a student committee from the Department of Philosophy, Bilkent.

Written by Sandrine Berges

March 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

CFA: Enriching Embodied Cognition (Boğaziçi) 9-11/06/2015

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Call For Abstracts: Enriching Embodied Cognition
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
June 9th-11th, 2015

Keynote Speakers: Daniel Hutto (Wollongong) and Erik Myin (Antwerp)

This workshop will be centered around material for the manuscript of Hutto and Myin’s latest book, Enriching Embodied Cognition: A Unified Enactivist and Ecological Framework, which is a follow-up to their 2013 book Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content.

Articles and draft material will be circulated to the participants in advance, and in the morning sessions Hutto and Myin will present and discuss core arguments with the participants. In the afternoon participants will present papers. These papers should be on themes discussed in the book, but do not have to be direct responses to Hutto and Myin’s work. If you would be interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please send a short abstract to istanbulembodied@gmail.com by April 20th. Successful applicants will be informed by April 25th.

Enriching Embodied Cognition: A Unified Enactivist and Ecological Framework will provide an enriched understanding of embodied cognition: showing just how embodied it is and just how it is embodied. This book integrates what is best in the replacement approaches, advancing the sciences of the mind by providing a novel framework for non-representational embodied cognition ­ one that refines and critically synthesizes the main insights of the enactivist and ecological traditions. Hutto and Myin argue that once unified replacement approaches have all that is needed to do the necessary enriching work. In making their case Hutto and Myin highlight a recognized danger ­ call it the Retention Worry ­ that many applications of embodied, enactive cognition, (with headline cases in psychology, psychiatry and sports science) are missing the point. The Retention Worry arises for any account of embodied cognition that retains too much traditional thinking about the role of mental representations in cognition, for such accounts fail to successfully motivate any role for the body or environment, let alone the one identified in the research]. Only by clarifying what, if any, role representations play in cognitive science explanations will we gain a deeper and clearer understanding of the nature of embodied cognition.

This workshop is organized as part of Lucas Thorpe’s Tubitak project: Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action.

The proposed chapter structure of the book can be found below the fold:

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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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CFP (Istanbul) : 8th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games: Freedom in Play, 13-15 November 2014

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The 8th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games: “Freedom in Play”  will take place in Istanbul  Istanbul, from 13-15 November 2014.

The call for papers can be found here.

The concept of freedom is central in the shaping of game experiences and game cultures. It is a lens through which we can critically evaluate the philosophical, cultural and political relevance of computer games, as an art form and as a way of life. This year we especially invite papers that address the following areas of philosophical investigation:

1. The nature of freedom in games. Which philosophical concepts can help us clarify ontological and metaphysical dimensions of freedom in games and gaming?
2. The experience of freedom in games. How do we describe and evaluate specific experiences of freedom in play? Are certain types of freedoms in games artistically or ethically more desirable than others? In what way may such evaluations collide when people play together, especially in an on-line context?
3. Games and existential concepts of freedom. In what ways are games capable of expressing truths about the human condition? Is there a way in which they are inherently more or less capable of expressing ethical and normative truths than cinema, photography or art? How do we account for the semantic underpinnings of how games can create this sort of knowledge?
4. Political and ethical freedom. In what way can game mechanics or the social roles of gaming provide normative reasons for decision-making with regard to political freedom, gender issues, etc? Do computer games have a particular potential for being either politically conservative, progressive or subversive?

Accepted papers will have a clear focus on philosophy and philosophical issues in relation to computer games. They will refer to specific examples from computer games rather than merely invoke them in general terms.

In addition to papers that are directed at the main theme we invite a smaller number of papers in an ?open? category. We are especially interested in papers that aim to continue discussions from earlier conferences in this series.

The abstracts should have a maximum 1000 words including bibliography. Please note if you intend your paper to fit in the open category. The deadline for submissions is Midnight GMT, 15 August, 2014. Please submit your abstract through http://review.gamephilosophy.org. All submitted abstracts will be subject to double blind peer review.

Notification of accepted submissions will be sent out by 15 September 2014. A full paper draft must then be submitted by 6th November 2014 and will be made available on the conference website.

We also invite proposals for panels/workshops on October 12th. Please contact the programme committee chair if you are interested in organising one.

 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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1st Int. Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science

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When & Where: 20 April 2014, full day, Boğaziçi University

Link: http://cogsci.boun.edu.tr/isbcs/2014/

Submission Deadline: 8 March 2014

Description

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary research field that seeks to understand the nature of the human mind, in all its implications. The International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS) invites research from all the fields that are connected to cognitive science. The individual disciplines include Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education. Each discipline brings a set of tools, perspectives, and questions to the table. However, the big picture of the human mind cannot emerge by studying this multi-layered problem with a single lens. Communication and collaboration are essential for the cognitive scientist. It is under these premises that we initiate ISBCS.

One mission of ISBCS is to be a premier academic meeting of the cognitive science community. Established jointly by Bogazici University, Middle East Technical University and Yeditepe University (i.e. by the three universities that offer cognitive science programs in Turkey), ISBCS is planned to be held annually to gather researchers and students from leading national and international centers working on all areas of cognitive science. Our aim is to establish a platform where students can learn about recent research in cognitive science, researchers can network and initiate collaborations, and the participants can receive valuable feedback on their work.

Keynotes:

Prof. Garrison W. Cottrell (UCSD)
Prof. Erol Basar (Istanbul Kültür University)

Committees

Organizing Committee:

Albert Ali Salah, Bogazici University
Cem Bozsahin, Middle East Technical University
Simay Ikier, Yeditepe University

Program Committee (only confirmed members listed here)

Ata Akin, Bilgi University
Varol Akman, Bilkent University
Ethem Alpaydin, Bogazici University
Sonia Amado, Ege University
Canan Aykut Bingöl, Yeditepe University
Haluk Bingöl, Bogazici University
Hüseyin Boyaci, Bilkent University
Resit Canbeyli, Bogazici University
Banu Cangöz, Hacettepe University
Kürsat Çagiltay, Middle East Technical University
Hilmi Demir, Bilkent University
Tamer Demiralp, Istanbul University
Ulas Basar Gezgin, Istanbul Gelişim University
Didem Gökçay, Middle East Technical University
Bülent Gözkan, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Burak Güçlü, Bogazici University
Sami Gülgöz, Koç University
Hakan Gürvit, Istanbul University
Altay Güvenir, Bilkent University
Bipin Indurkhya, Jagiellonian University
Aylin Küntay, Koç University
Mine Nakipoglu, Bogazici University
Sumru Özsoy, Bogazici University
Işık Özge Öztürk, Princeton University
Ilhan Raman, Middlesex University
Cem Say, Bogazici University
Gün R. Semin, Utrecht University
Serkan Sener, Yeditepe University
Oguz Tanridag, Üsküdar University
Ali Tekcan, Bogazici University
Lucas Thorpe, Bogazici University
Aziz Zambak, Middle East Technical University
Deniz Zeyrek, Middle East Technical University

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March 2, 2014 at 3:01 am

International Conference for Autism, Antalya, November 14-16, 2014

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The theme of INCA 2014 is “All Facets of Autism: From Research to Practice”. The conference is expected to attract hundreds of participants from all around the World. Details can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

CFA: “KANTIAN CONSTRUCTIVISM IN LEGAL PHILOSOPHY” (Glasgow, 3-6 September, 2014)

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Dr. Ruhi Demiray (Keele/Kocaeli) is organizing the following panel at the European Congress of Political Research in Glasgow in September, 2014, and asked me to advertise the following call for proposals.

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ECPR GENERAL CONFERENCE PANEL “KANTIAN CONSTRUCTIVISM IN LEGAL PHILOSOPHY”

The ECPR General Conference that will take place at the University of Glasgow between 3-6 September 2014 will include a section on “Kant and Kantian Constructivism”. We are to convene a panel under this section with the title of “Kantian Constructivism in Legal Philosophy”, the topics of which is described below. We will welcome your paper proposals until 8 February 2014. Proposals should include an abstract (max. 150 words) and basic information about author(s). Please send your proposals to ruhidemiray@ymail.com or m.r.demiray@keele@ac.uk.

Description of the Topic:

Political and legal theory is divided by two competing approaches, namely, the family of positivist approaches based on moral scepticism or moral indifferentism, and the family of ethical approaches based on substantive normative values that their protagonists consider self-evident but others, controversial. Dissatisfaction with the guidance these approaches could provide in dealing with the political and legal problems of the societies of contemporary world is a major reason for the recently raising interest in Kantian Constructivism among political and legal theorists. For Kantian Constructivism promises to provide a normative account of our political and legal practices on the basis of ideas of Right and Public Reason without falling into the pitfalls that approaches appealing to substantive normative values are faced with. This panel is thus designed to discuss what insights Kantian Constructivism brings about with regard to various dimensions and instances of our political and legal practices, such as the legitimate scope of legal regulation, the nature of legal obligation, juridical review over legislation, the separation of powers, political rights, political participation, and voting.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

CFP: 1st International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS) 20 April 2014, Bogazici University, Istanbul

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1st International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS)
will take place on 20 April 2014, Bogazici University, Istanbul

Deadline for submission of papers is 2 March 2014. Details can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

January 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

CFA: Call for Abstracts for Workshop on Gezi Protests, in Kassel (Germany)

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June–Uprising in Turkey: Background, Dynamics and Perspectives
Workshop at University of Kassel, 16 May 2014

Abstracts (max. 500 words, in English or German) to be submitted by February 7, 2014 to tagung.juniaufstand@gmail.com

Details can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

January 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Conference in Bursa on ““Tradition, Democracy and Philosophy” in October 2014

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The Philosophy Department at Uludağ University is organising their 3rd International philosophy congress that will take place from 23-25/10/2014. The theme this year will be:

“Tradition, Democracy and Philosophy”

The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 24th, 2014. Further details can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

January 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Deleuze conference and summer school in Istanbul in July 2014.

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7th International Deleuze Studies Conference
Models, Machines and Memories 
Istanbul, July, 14-16th 2014

Details can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

January 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm

CFP: Special section of Radical Philosophy on Gezi Protests

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A friend writes:

I am collecting “very” short philosophical essays/reflections on the “event” of Taksim Gezi Parkı for a special section planned for Radical Philosophy, especially by philosophers (and philosophically-oriented scholars from other disciplines) who have been actually or virtually “on site” during the event. Radical Philosophy’s Editorial Collective has welcomed the idea in principle, without any decisive commitment.
I would like to invite you to contribute to this section.
Here are the main points:
The total length of the section will not exceed 9000 words.
I expect 6 or 7 final contributions, although this call is sent to around 15 potential contributors.
Essays should be between 1000 and 1500 words – and, accordingly, dense, succinct and to the point – argumentative, interpretative, reflective, … rather than informative, descriptive, narrative …
Papers will be subject to peer-review among potential contributors before being submitted to Radical Philosophy’s editorial process for final decision.
Radical Philosophy reserves the right to reject any or all contributions.
The deadline for submitting the final collection of essays to Radical Philosophy’s Editorial Collective is mid-August to be considered for November-December 2013 issue.
The deadline for initial submission of pieces to lyurdakulk@yahoo.co.uk is 31 July 2013. This will leave a week for peer-review and another for editing as appropriate.
Please check
http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/category/commentary
for Radical Philosophy’s commentary-style articles.
Also please keep in mind the journal’s general principles for submitted essays:
http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/submissions
Considering the tight deadlines, please send a short expression of interest including a tentative title and/or “theme” within a couple of days to help planning the section.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

July 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

CFA: PLURALISM AND CONFLICT: DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE BEYOND RAWLS AND CONSENSUS – Fatih University, June 6-8th 2013

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PLURALISM AND CONFLICT: DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE BEYOND RAWLS AND CONSENSUS

June 6-8 2013

Convenors: Prof. Dr. Manuel Andreas Knoll (mknoll@fatih.edu.tr), Nurdane Şimşek, M.A. (nsimsek@fatih.edu.tr), Department of Philosophy, Fatih University  

Call for Abstracts

Following Rawls, the prevailing political thought aims at some form of consensus about justice. Rawls conceives of this as a consensus about an initial choice situation for principles of justice, as a rational consensus about which principles to choose, or as an “overlapping consensus”, which a pluralist society should reach with regard to the political conception of justice he proposes.

The idea of a consensus on justice was questionable from the beginning. For some theorists this was made evident through Robert Nozick’s strong disagreement with Rawls’s fundamental moral intuition that the inequalities of natural endowments are undeserved and call for social redress or compensation. Likewise, Rawls’s idea that individuals are equal as moral persons does not allow for a consensus. Going back to Aristotle, John Kekes argued that people who habitually harm others have a lower moral worth than people who habitually do good. In this case, isn’t Rawls’s rationalist creed that all persons should be convinced by the same arguments, and must therefore reach a rational consensus on principles of justice, highly questionable? In her systematic study of justice Dagmar Herwig showed, as early as 1984, that throughout the history of political philosophy there are irreconcilable conceptions of social and political justice. While egalitarians hold it is just to establish arithmetic, numeric or simple equality, non-egalitarians like Plato, Aristotle or Nietzsche conceive of a just distribution of goods as a distribution in proportion to existing inequalities. For non-egalitarians, it is just to allot equal shares only to equals, not to everyone.

The conference takes as its point of departure the well-researched conviction that there are fundamental disagreements about social and political justice. On the one hand, the conference strives for a more detailed comprehension of the various aspects of the irreconcilable pluralism of conceptions of justice. On the other hand, it investigates the reasons for the fundamental opposition of existing moral intuitions and conceptions of justice. Are these reasons social, cultural, psychological, historical, or even biological? One main focus of the conference will be the relation between conceptions of justice and images of humanity. Do the opposing conceptions of justice derive mainly from opposing anthropological convictions about the equality, or inequality, of men? Do the different understandings of human worth, or value, provide a key to comprehending the fundamental disagreements about social and political justice? In addressing these questions, the conference aims at a more adequate understanding of the concept of justice and the human sense of justice, which can be achieved beyond the idea of the consensus.         

Abstracts of no more than one page for talks and suggestions for panels should be sent to both convenors by March 1, 2013. Decisions will be made within two or three weeks. The length of the talks will depend on how many proposals are accepted, but will be at least 25 minutes. The registration fee of 100 USD covers three lunches and the final conference dinner on a boat on the Bosporus. For students who want to participate in the conference the registration fee is reduced to $ 50.

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS: Professor Renato Cristi (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada), Professor Maria Dimitrova (Sofia University, Bulgaria), Professor Giovanni Giorgini (Bologna University, Italy), Louis I. Jaffe Professor Lawrence Hatab (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, USA), Professor Michael Haus (Heidelberg University, Germany), Professor Christoph Horn (Bonn University, Germany), Professor Peter Koller (Graz University, Austria), Professor Angelika Krebs (Basel University, Switzerland), Professor Chandran Kukathas (London School of Economics), Professor Francisco L. Lisi (Carlos III University Madrid), Professor Lukas Meyer (Graz University, Austria), Professor John Skorupski (University of St Andrews, Scotland), Professor Ulrich Steinvorth (Hamburg University), Assist. Prof. Barry Stocker (Istanbul Technical University), Professor Kok-Chor Tan (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Professor Harun Tepe (Hacettepe University, Ankara), Professor John Tomasi (Brown University, Providence, USA), Professor Jonathan Wolff (University College London)

Written by Lucas Thorpe

December 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm

CFP: Alternative Enlightenments (Bilkent).

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Bilkent University presents:
Alternative Enlightenments
An interdisciplinary conference in the humanities
26-8 April 2013, Ankara (Turkey)

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Wijnand Mijnhardt, Professor of History and Director of the Descartes Centre, University of Utrecht
Professor Felicity Nussbaum, Professor of English, UCLA

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to wcoker@bilkent.edu.tr by December 1, 2012.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

CfP Proclus Conference in Istanbul Dec. 2012

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Archai: Proclus Diadochus of Constantinople and his Abrahamic interpreters

In commemoration of the 1600th anniversary of the birth in Constantinople of Proclus, fourth last head of the Platonic Academy, we invite scholars to present papers both on all aspects both of Proclus’ own thought and of his reception in the Abrahamic traditions. The conference will be hosted by Fatih University and Yildiz University (Istanbul) from December 12-16, 2012 in Istanbul.

Prof. Carlos Steel (K.U. Leuven) will give the keynote lecture for the entire conference. There will be three plenary lectures: Prof. Wayne J. Hankey (Dalhousie University / University of King’s College (Halifax)) on the Christian reception; Prof. Richard C. Taylor (Marquette University; visiting professor at K.U. Leuven & Universidad Panamericana) on the Islamic reception; and Prof. Tzvi Langermann (Bar-Ilan University) on Jewish reception. Prof. D. O’Meara (Universität Freiburg) will give a public lecture on Proclus’ influence on the architecture of the Haggia Sophia, together with a choral concert of sacred music by the chamber choir, ChorISTanbul. A conference outing will be planned for Sunday, December 16.

Papers will be 20-25 minutes long, although there may be some flexibility given some merit. Please submit an abstract of approximately 300-500 words by Friday, September 14, 2012 to David Butorac at Proclusinistanbul@gmail.com, with letters of acceptance issued by Monday, September 17.

For further details:
http://www.archai.org/conferences/abrahamictrilogy/Proclusinistanbul
[The site should be up any day!]

The advisory committee includes:
David Butorac (Fatih University)
Süleyman Dogan (Yildiz University)
Carlos Steel (K.U. Leuven)
Dominic O’Meara (Universität Freiburg)
Wayne J. Hankey (Dalhousie / University of King’s College (Halifax))
Dimitri Gutas (Yale University)
Caroline Macé (K.U. Leuven)
Marije Martijn (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
Bert van den Berg (Universiteit Leiden)

Confirmed speakers include:
Carlos Steel, Dominic O’Meara, Wayne J. Hankey, Tzvi Langermann, Stephen Gersh (University of Notre Dame), Helen Lang (Villanova University), Thomas Curran (University of King’s College, Halifax), Sarah Klitenic-Wear (Stubenville University), Menahem Luz (University of Haifa), Tim Riggs (University of Jyväskylä), Michele Trizio (University of Bari), J.M. Charrue (Université de Lille III, Paris), Levan Gigineishvili (Ilia State University), Andras Kraft (Central European University), Frederick Lauritzen (Fondazione per la Scienza Religiose), Georgios Steris (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Gheorghe Pascalau (Universität Heidelberg), Gary Gabor (Boston College), Torrance Kirby (McGill University), Danny Layne (Georgia Southern University), John Walbridge (Indiana University), Eugene Afonasin (Novosibirsk State University) and Anna Afonasin (Novosibirsk State University)

Additional conference funding will be sought through TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey).

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August 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

“Oral phenomenology” Special Issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

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“Oral phenomenology” Special Issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

Guest Editor: István Aranyosi (Bilkent University)

Csontváry, “Old woman peeling apple”, 1894, (detail)

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