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Call for Papers: Conference by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey

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Conference by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR at https://swip-tr.weebly.com/)

CFP deadline: 15 July 2018

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 1st Annual Conference and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 25-27 October, 2018 at Bilkent University, Turkey.

Date of the conference: 25-27 October 2018

Place: Bilkent University, Ankara.

Abstracts: on any topic in philosophy in English or Turkish

Word limit: no more than 500 words.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 July 2018

E-mail: anonymised abstracts and a separate sheet with contact details as word or pdf to swipturkey@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2018 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Zeynep Direk (Koç University, Istanbul)

Prof. Hülya Şimga (Maltepe University, Istanbul)

Asst. Prof. Şerife Tekin (University of Texas at San Antonio)

The conference is organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR) with the support of Hypatia Diversity Grant and Bilkent University Department of Philosophy.

The goal of the event is to create a forum for women in philosophy to meet and help each other. More specifically, we wish to foster exchanges between women philosophers studying or working in Turkey as well as women from Turkey who study or work in philosophy abroad and want to stay in touch with the developments here.

The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on any area of philosophy and with two panels dedicated to students (one undergraduate, one graduate) spread over two days.

Written by zubeydekaradagthorpe

May 27, 2018 at 12:05 am

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

Talk at Bilkent by Ulf Hlobil (Pittsburgh): “Do It! But Don’t Listen to Me!: Moral Testimony and Practical Inference”

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Ulf Hlobil
Department of Philosophy
University of Pittsburgh

“Do It! But Don’t Listen to Me!: Moral Testimony and Practical Inference”

DATE: Wed 10 February 2016
TIME: 15:40-17:30
PLACE: G-160, Bilkent University, Ankara


What, if anything, is wrong with acting on moral beliefs that we accept
merely on the say-so of others? Why could it be problematic to act on a
moral belief that we take to be true without understanding why it is true?
I defend a qualified and novel version of what is called “pessimism” in
the controversy over pure moral testimony. I argue that we can rationally
come to hold the premises of moral reasoning through testimony, but that
moral testimony is problematic in cases where the agent lacks the ability
to make the correct practical inference. The problem is that inferential
abilities cannot be shared via testimony. The role that moral testimony
can play in our moral lives is therefore limited. My account gives the
correct verdicts for common examples in the literature on moral testimony.
It, moreover, incorporates many of the optimists’ insights and is more
general and informative than rival accounts.

Written by István Aranyosi

February 4, 2016 at 8:12 am

Metaphysics & Language Symposium at METU (Nov. 19, 2015)

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METU Metaphysics & Language symposium

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Written by István Aranyosi

November 9, 2015 at 9:34 am

Talk at Bilkent: Emre Arda Erdenk, “Hume’s Sympathy Mechanism and Perceptual Intuitionism”

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The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University is pleased to invite you 
to the following talk:
Friday, April 24, 2015, 17:40, at G 160

David Hume’s Sympathy Mechanism and Perceptual Intuitionism

Assist. Prof. Dr. Emre Arda Erdenk

Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Department of Philosophy


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2nd International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science, April 19, Sunday, 2015, ODTU (METU), Ankara.

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Dear colleagues,
ISBCS 2015, the 2nd International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science,
is going to be held in April 19, Sunday, 2015, at ODTU (METU), Ankara.

ISBCS wants to be a gathering in Turkey for cogsci researchers worldwide, and for cogsci researchers in Turkey. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by István Aranyosi

January 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

Center, Periphery, Philosophy

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The recently created online Directory of Philosophers from Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy (UPDir) is supposed, according to its promoters, “to provide an easy-to-use resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the work of philosophers who belong to underrepresented groups within the discipline.”

Though I fit one of the categories, I have not registered myself, and do not intend to. I might offer my reasons in some future post, but for now I want to focus on something else, namely, the epistemic neo-colonialist thinking, or rather mental reflex, that underlies some assumptions behind this project and behind some other phenomena in our field.


My problem is with the way the category “Philosophy”, or “the discipline”, is explicitly understood if we are to take it for granted the some groups are “traditionally underrepresented” within it.

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Written by István Aranyosi

December 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Professor Kenneth Westphal has joined the Bogazici University Philosophy Department.

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Professor Kenneth Westphal, the internationally renowned Kant and Hegel Scholar, has joined the Bogazici philosophy department as a full-time member.

Ken Wesphal is the author or editor of 8 books, including, as author:

(1)  Kant’s Transcendental Proof of Realism (Oxford University Press)

(2) Hegel’s Epistemology: A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Spirit (Hackett)

(3) Hegel’s Epistemological Realism: A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Springer)

(4) Hegel, Hume und die Identitat wahrnehmbarer Dinge (Klostermann)

And as editor:

(1) The Blackwell Guide to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Blackwell)

(2) Realism, Science, and Pragmatism (Routledge)

He has also published more than a 100 papers and articles.  Ken will be a valuable addition to the philosophy community in Turkey, and we welcome him to the department and to Turkey.

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

Koc University Political Philosophy Symposium – February 15 2013 Friday in Beyoglu

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Koc University Political Philosophy Symposium

February 15, 2013 Friday 9:00am-5:30pm

Philosophy Department, Koç University

Political Philosophy Symposium

Friday February 15, 2013

Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations

Details under the fold:

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New PhD programme Philosophy (in English), Fatih University, Istanbul

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Philosophy PhD programme (English) at Fatih University Istanbul approved by Higher Education Board (YÖK)

From the spring term 2013, Fatih University Istanbul is offering a PhD programme in philosophy (taught in English).

For information about the department, see http://felsefe.fatih.edu.tr/?&language=EN

To find out about the areas of specialisation of the faculty, go to http://felsefe.fatih.edu.tr/?staff&language=EN

Informal inquiries to the head of department, Şengül Çelik scelik@fatih.edu.tr and the convening professors Manuel Knoll mknoll@fatih.edu.tr and Marc Rölli marcmroelli@gmail.com

Welcome to Istanbul

Written by rainerbroemer

December 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

New (English Language) Philosophy Department at Istanbul Şehir University

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An English language philosophy department has recently opened at Istanbul Şehir University. Information can be found here.

The faculty at present are:  Michael Dillon, İshak ArslanSinem Elkatip HatipoğluMehmet Akif KayapınarPaul Scade and Erdal Yılmaz.

This brings the number of English Language philosophy departments in Turkey to 7 (as far as I know). A list of all the departments I know of can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Conf. Health, Culture, and the Human Body 13-15 Sept 2012

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Conf. Health, Culture, and the Human Body 13-15 Sept 2012

Demographic change in a globalized world raises not only social and economic issues but also ethical problems within the medical system of aging societies. Medical care for elderly people cannot be conceptualized and organized without considering a cultural understanding of aging and the economic and social circumstances of a given society. In this regard this conference will focus on ethical, historical and epidemiological perspectives of aging in a global world. Further subjects of the conference are the beginning of life and sexually transmitted diseases, which will also be discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
This conference will focus on selected cases from Turkey, Germany, and other countries closely connected by substantial migration processes, as they had been earlier through medical scientific exchanges and common clinical practice. After the well received first round held in Germany (Mainz) in 2010, the aim of the Istanbul conference is to establish a discussion platform for different ethical considerations among historically connected countries.


Written by rainerbroemer

August 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

Minds, Bodies, Afterthoughts, and Future Plans

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The philosophy of mind conference Minds, Bodies, and Problems, held at Bilkent University on 7 and 8 June this year, is now over, and based on the feedback from speakers, local faculty, and students, we can indubitably call it a big success. The interest was great, we got a large number of excellent submissions that would have been enough for at least two such conferences. And the post-conference trip to Cappadocia, central Turkey, was simply amazing. Here is a group photo taken there, followed by some afterthoughts and future plans connected to this conference, which we plan to organize every year at Bilkent University.Image

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Written by István Aranyosi

June 16, 2012 at 6:13 am

“Minds, Bodies, and Problems” conference, Bilkent University, June 7-8, 2012

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After several weeks of processing submissions, comparing the referee reports on them, and negotiating various potential lists of speakers based on various criteria, I have put together the final list of submitted papers that I expect to be presented at the “Minds, Bodies, and Problems” conference, hosted by Bilkent University on 7-8 June, 2012.

Bilkent University

Bilkent University

All papers have been anonymously refereed, and I would like to thank the reviewers (Murat Aydede, Sandy Berkovski, David Chalmers, Tim Crane, Hilmi Demir, Katalin Farkas, Shaun Gallagher, Kourken Michaelian, Vincent Müller, Emre Özgen, Erdinc Sayan, Simon Wigley, and Bill Wringe) for their kind help in the selection process. Their input is very much appreciated.

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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

Anglophone philosophy in Turkey

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Here’s some information and links about Anglophone philosophy in Turkey. I will add a bit more information about my department in the comments section below, and philosophers from other departments should feel free to add information about their departments as well. If there are any departments that you think I should include, but have not, send me an email and I’ll add a link.

There are now (as far as I know) seven English language philosophy departments inTurkey:

(1) Boğaziçi University

(2) Middle East Technical University 

(3) Bilkent University 

(4) Yeditepe University

(5) Koç University

(6) Fatih University

(7) Bahçeşehir University

There is also an MA programme in Philosophy and Social Thought at:

(8) Bilgi University

There are also plans for new departments at:

(9) Istanbul Technical University

(10) Istanbul Şehir University

In addition there are a number of philosophers (working mainly on political philosophy and philosophy of science) at Sabanci University.

There are many philosophers working in English at various Turkish language philosophy departments, for example, at Muğla University.

There is also a Francophone department at Galatasaray University.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

February 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm