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Talk at Bilkent by Katherina Nieswandt (Stanford): “Practice Views Revisited”

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Katherina Nieswandt
Center for Ethics in Society
Stanford University

“Practice Views Revisited”

DATE: Thu 11 February 2016
TIME: 15:40-17:30
PLACE: G-160, Bilkent University, Ankara

Short abstract:

Thomas Scanlon and others have argued that ‘practice views’ give
the wrong kind of reasons for moral duties, which shows up in the fact
that they identify the wrong addressees of these duties. The reason
why I must not break my promise to you, for instance, should lie in
the harm that this does to you—rather than in the harm that it does to
the practice of promising or to our community. I demonstrate that the
wrong reason objection indeed applies to some practice views, notably
rule-conquentialism and (Hobbes’) contractarianism.  Drawing on ideas
by Elizabeth Anscombe, however, I offer an alternative understanding of
the role of the practice in ethical justifications.

Long abstract:

According to “conventionalist” or “practice views,” at least some moral
duties exist within social practices, and these practices play an important
role in justifying the respective duties. Among others, the theories of Hobbes,
Gauthier, Hooker and Rawls are commonly classified as practice views.

Thomas Scanlon has levelled a formidable and widely used objection against
practice views: They give the wrong reasons for our duties, which shows up
in the fact that they identify the wrong addressees. The reason why I must
not break my promise to you, for instance, should lie in the harm that this
does to you—rather than in the harm it does to the practice of promising or
to all the participants in that practice.

I grant that Scanlon’s objection applies to the mentioned theories. But I offer
a surprising diagnosis: (i) I argue that the conventionalism of these theories
is superficial. (ii) I show that the objection applies to them precisely because
they are not genuinely conventionalist and that (iii) any genuinely conventionalist
theory gives the correct reasons and identifies the correct addressees of our duties.
As a last step, (iv) I outline one such theory, using the understanding of the practice
in moral justifications that I find in Elizabeth Anscombe’s work. (v) My particular
proposal has an interesting application to rights: It enables us to be conventionalists
about rights without being cultural relativists about rights.

Written by István Aranyosi

February 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

CfP: Political Philosophy and Wittgenstein (in Turkish) 15 Oct 2015

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Istanbul University Arts and Humanities Faculty

Philosophy Department – Political Philosophy Days I

Call for Papers

Political Philosophy and Wittgenstein

15 October 2015

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Invitation esp. for junior scholars who have written a PhD thesis, paper, or book on Wittgenstein’s political philosophy, to submit a title and abstract (400-500 words) by 15 Aug. 2015 to politikfelsefe@politikfelsefe.org or wittgenstein@politikfelsefe.org .

For original information (in Turkish), click

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Written by rainerbroemer

July 1, 2015 at 5:05 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.

Kant Reading Group at Bogazici (Mondays, 5.15-7pm)

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Lucas Thorpe and Ken Westphal will be running a Kant Reading Group at Bogazici University that will meet every Monday from 5.15pm-7pm in TB365 (starting on Monday October 13th 2104).

We will start by reading the manuscript of Ken Westphal’s new book – Moral Constructivism: Hume’s and Kant’s Natural Law Constructivism.

Once we have finished this we will decide collectively what to read next. If you would like to join the reading group, be sent a copy of the manuscript, and be added to our mailing list, please email Zubeyde: zkaradag(at)gmail.com.

Everyone welcome.

 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm

“Philosophy in a Time of Riots”: Two events with Alberto Toscano in Istanbul (23rd & 24/05/ 2014)

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Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Fanaticism (2010; Turkish translation: 2013), The Theatre of Production (2006) and the forthcoming Cartographies of the Absolute (co-authored with Jeff Kinkle). He has translated numerous works by Alain Badiou, Antonio Negri and others. He edits The Italian List for Seagull Books and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism.

On Friday 23/05/2014,  there will be a talk at Boğaziçi University  University on “Fanaticism, Crisis and the Forms of Politics”, starting at 4pm in Natuk Birkin 119.
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On Saturday 24.05.2014 there will be a Conference at the Taksim Hill Hotel, together with Ozren Pupovac (Boğaziçi ), on Philosophy in a Time of Riots.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Bilgi University (Istanbul): The Sources of Pluralism – Metaphysics, Epistemology, Law and Politics. May 15th-20th, 2014.

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The topic of the Istanbul Seminars (at Bilgi University in Istanbul) this year will be:

The Sources of Pluralism – Metaphysics, Epistemology, Law and Politics.

The program can be found here. Among the participants are Seyla Benhabib, Richard BernsteinAlessandro Ferrara, Maurizio FerrarisNilüfer Göle, Amr HamzawyRamin JahanbeglooCécile Laborde, Avishai Margalit , David Rasmussen, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. 

A full list of participants can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Talk at Bogazici: Étienne Balibar on “Globalization and the Crisis of the Cosmopolitan Idea” (06/05/2014)

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Étienne Balibar will be giving a talk at Boğaziçi University on May 6th in the Rector’s Conference Room, at 16:00 on:

“Globaliszation and the Crisis of the Cosmopolitan Idea”

 

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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