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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


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


Zeynep Burçe Gümüşlü




Reading Seminar (17-18/10/2018) and Workshop (19-20/10/2018) on Hegel’s Logic at Boğaziçi

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Themes from Hegel’s Science of Logic – Workshop (October 19-20) and a Pre-workshop Reading Seminar (October 17-18)

Istanbul, Boğaziçi University

There will be a one and a half day workshop centered on Hegel’s Science of Logic in Boğaziçi University Philosophy Department on October 19-20. The workshop is open for everyone interested.

Right before the workshop, professor Cinzia Ferrini (University of Trieste) and post-doctoral researcher Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové) will lead a two-day reading seminar concentrating on selected themes arising from Science of Logic. The participants of the reading group are expected to have read the material that will be covered in the reading seminar (see the list of readings below). The maximum number of participants in the reading seminar is 15 and we give priority to Boğaziçi University students and faculty in case the quota is full. Please register for the reading seminar and in order to get a link to access the readings, by sending an email to ville.paukkonen@helsinki.fi

Details of both events can be found below the fold.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Conference at Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir): “The Scottish Enlightenment and Freedom” (May 28-30th, 2014)

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Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir) will be hosting a conference on “The Scottish Enlightenment and Freedom” from  May 28-30th, 2014. A facebook page for the event can be found here.


Details of the program can be found under the fold.
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Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Talk at Bogazici: Manuel Knoll (Bogazici) on Machiavelli’s Republicanism (18/03/2014)

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I’m teaching a class on Republicanism, Liberalism and Democracy this semester, and I have a few guest speakers coming to give talks after the class. This coming Tuesday (18/03/2014), from 5.15pm -7pm, in TB130, Manuel Knoll, will give a talk on:

Machiavelli’s Republicanism

Everyone is welcome.  A handout for the talk can be found here.

ABSTRACT: Niccolò Machiavelli is best known for being the author of the booklet (“opuscolo”) The Prince. However, that doesn’t make him a champion of a principality. Rather, in his major work Discorsi he defends a republican political order. The talk clarifies the relation of the two works and gives an introduction to the main features of Machiavelli’s republicanism.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm