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The “Matrix of Oppression” qua matrix of oppression

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Daily Nous hosts a post and a discussion thread, titled Philosophers from Poverty, on the topic of class or socio-economic status as a form of disadvantage in academic philosophy. To my knowledge, the internet has not been flooded so far by discussions, projects, calls to arms, campaigns, etc. related to this form of disadvantage. For all I know, this thread might well be a first.

Abant, Turkey

Abant, Turkey, 2010. Photo by: I. Aranyosi

Naturally, when a blog post is about topic X, readers are supposed to comment about topic X. Some reader might well say: “Ok, ok, X, but please don’t forget about Y when you discuss about X”. This is OK and non-controversial when the topic X is, say, the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, and Y is the Copenhagen Interpretation. When, however, the topic is some form of social/cultural/political group disadvantage, and the corollary of discrimination and bias based on that, one needs to be a little more careful when putting forward a comment like the one above: “Ok, ok, X, but please don’t forget about Y when you discuss about X”. The reason is that people who are likely to read and comment on the thread are precisely people who likely suffer as a result of that disadvantage, and they might feel hurt or sidelined by such a comment.

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Written by István Aranyosi

December 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

A Book for International Women’s Day.

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Routledge just reminded me that my new book was a particularly good fit for today, so here is:


Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the greatest philosophers and writers of the Eighteenth century. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children’s book. Her most celebrated and widely-read work is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This Guidebook introduces:

  • Wollstonecraft’s life and the background to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • The ideas and text of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Wollstonecraft’s enduring influence in philosophy and our contemporary intellectual life

It is ideal for anyone coming to Wollstonecraft’s classic text for the first time and anyone interested in the origins of feminist thought.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Written by Sandrine Berges

March 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Two talks by Anne Fausto-Sterling (Brown) in Istanbul to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 6th and 8th, 2013)

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Anne Fausto-Sterling (Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies, Brown University) will be giving two talks in Istanbul to celebrate international women’s day. Details can be found here:


Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

World Philosophy Day celebrations at Bilkent : Future Generations.

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World Philosophy Day celebrations at Bilkent : Future Generations.

The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University together with the Bilkent Philosophy Society is organising a
two-day event in honour of Unesco World Philosophy Day 2012.

The event will take place on Thursday 22 November in the afternoon and Friday
23 November in the morning in G160.
Light refreshments will be served on both days.
All welcome.

Written by Sandrine Berges

November 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

Talk at Bogazici: Sandrine Berges (Bilkent) “From Aristotle to Heloise: Virtue and Moderation.” 09/11/2012

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Sandrine Berges (Bilkent) will give a talk entitled:

“From Aristotle to Heloise: Virtue and Moderation.”

Friday November 9th,5-7pm, Bogazici University Philosophy Department, TB130. Everyone welcome.

ABSTRACT: While many of her contemporaries, and some significant predecessors saw the virtues, especially that of temperance, as perfect achievements and complete freedom from bodily impulses, Heloise was keen to reinstate the Aristotelian understanding of virtues as means between two extremes. In her letters, she defends the ideal of moderation against Abelard’s calls for struggle and self control, and in doing so, she uses the vocabulary of the mean, in very much the same way as John of Salisbury did some years later. In this paper I highlight Heloise’s position in that debate, and argue that it is of philosophical and historical significance.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The call to action in support of the Gendered Conference Campaign

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To raise an awareness about mostly funded keynote speakers being males and to intitiate a change, Mark Lance & Eric Schliesser created a call to action in New APPS. If you find it a bit boring and disheartening to see every year the same senior male keynote speakers in the conferences, as if screaming to the female young researchers “we are closed for any bit of a change” please go and sign the petition here. And for the conference organizers: here is a list of female experts in various areas…

Written by Ozge Ekin

September 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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Helen Longino at Bogazici (Monday, March 19th, 2012)

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Helen Longino (Stanford),  one of the most important contemporary philosophers of science (and perhaps the most influential feminist philosopher of science) will be giving a talk at Bogazici. Everyone welcome.

“Studying Human Behavior: Epistemological,Ontological, and Social Quandaries”  Monday, March 19th, 4-6pm, M1170 (Engineering Building).

Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Gender and Philosophy (in Turkey)

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I’ve been involved in discussion of the latest Hendricks scandal at the NewAPPS blog. (For those who have not followed this, information and discussion can be found here, here, here, here and here). And so I’ve been thinking a bit about gender and the profession. In the USA and UK there seems to be a quite significant gender imbalance in academic philosophy. So, for example, in many philosophy departments it seems that only between 20-30% of graduate applications for philosophy are from women. (See here. Other interesting discussions and data can be found here, here and here).

Based on personal experience of having taught in two philosophy departments here in  Turkey, however,  there does not seem to be the same gender imbalance in philosophy here in Turkey as in the US and UK. My experience of teaching here is that the majority of philosophy students are female. Here are the statistics for current philosophy students and faculty at Bogazici.

Undergrad: women 91, men 55.
Grad (MA and Phd): women 30, men 29.
Faculty: Women 6, men 8.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm