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Hanna Read and Rafael Ventura will give a joint talk on April 26, Friday at 17h in JF507 (Bogazici)

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Hanna Read and Rafael Ventura (both from Bilkent University) “Signaling Polarization” ABSTRACT: Most accounts of the harm done by derogatory terms focus on the targets of derogation. In this paper, we argue that some forms of derogatory speech harm not only the targets of derogation, but also their users. By signaling lack of cooperation, derogatory language hinders communication. This deteriorates communication across the entire community, which has practically, epistemically, and morally harmful consequences.

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Written by sundemirili

April 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm

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Workshop at Koç on the Philosophy of Aristotle’s Biology (10-11/05/2019)

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
The Philosophy Society and the Department of Philosophy at Koç University wish to invite all who are interested, and especially advanced undergraduate and graduate students, to participate in its upcoming Workshop on the Philosophy of Aristotle’s Biology. The workshop will be held on 10 and 11 May at the ANAMED Auditorium in Beyoğlu, İstanbul. For further details, as well as to register to receive updates, readings, and to reserve a place at the workshop, please visit https://aristotlesbiology.wordpress.com/. Registration and participation are free of charge.
The Philosophy of Aristotle’s Biology
Aristotle is most well known as a philosopher. But he was also a scientist, and above all a biologist. In recent decades, readers of Aristotle the philosopher have come increasingly to acknowledge the extent to which his most celebrated contributions, from his ethics to his metaphysics, are indebted to the work of Aristotle the biologist. The seminars in this workshop will explore crucial connections between the work of Aristotle the philosopher and Aristotle the biologist, in an effort to bring out, for students and specialists alike, the biology of Aristotle’s philosophy as well as the philosophy of Aristotle’s biology.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 14, 2019 at 9:38 pm

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Cog-Sci talk at Boğaziçi this Tuesday: Ibrahim Hakan Gürvit (Neurology, Istanbul University): “A Psychoanalytically-inspired Neuroscientific  Conception of (De-centralized) Consciousness.” (16/04/2019)

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This Tuesday (April 16th, 2019), starting at 5.15pm in JF507, we have our next cognitive science talk at Boğaziçi:

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Hakan Gürvit (Neurology, Istanbul University):

“A Psychoanalytically-Inspired Neuroscientific  Conception of (De-centralized) Consciousness.”

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 14, 2019 at 9:26 pm

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MBB talk at Bilkent: Hannah Read, 17 April

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Hannah Read (Duke, Philosophy)

“Empathy Education: A Response to Affective Polarization.”

Date: Wednesday, 17 April, 2019

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: H-232

Organized by the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Group at Bilkent University.

Abstract: In this talk, I propose empathy education as a response to the problem of affective polarization, or extreme antagonism towards moral and political opponents. More specifically, I suggest that empathy is a promising means of mitigating affective polarization and the highly negative practical, epistemic, and moral outcomes it can yield. I also maintain that empathy education of certain kinds plays a crucial role in motivating empathy for opponents, including those towards whom one is affectively polarized.

About the speaker: Hannah Read is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Duke University. Before Duke, she completed her MA in Philosophy at Tufts University and her BA in Philosophy and Literary Studies at The New School University. Her work falls primarily within moral philosophy, especially moral psychology and metaethics. She has additional interests in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of education. Hannah’s dissertation aims to address problems associated with sharp moral disagreement, including extreme antagonism and incivility between moral opponents. She is currently developing an account of the way in which empathy and perspective taking might play a crucial role in ameliorating antagonism and incivility between moral opponents by helping them understand and find common ground with one another.

Web: www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr 

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm

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Two talks on April 12, Friday at Bogazici

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“Moral Certainty in the Light of Wittgenstein”
Ryan Manhire, Åbo Akademi, Finland and Flinders University, Australia
April 12, Friday at 15:00 JF 507

“Ethical Commitment Between Political Theory and Social Science”
Dr Campbell, Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, Czech Republic
April 12, Friday at 17:00 JF 507

Written by sundemirili

April 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

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Cognitive Science talk at Boğaziçi: Fuat Balcı (Koç, Psychology): “As the Irish say “Speed and accuracy do not agree”: Brain, Time, and Errors” (09/04/2019)

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Fuat Balcı (Koç, Psychology) will be giving a talk at Boğaziçi this Tuesday (09/04/2019) in JF507, starting at 5.15pm:

“As the Irish say “Speed and accuracy do not agree”: Brain, Time, and Errors”

 

ABSTRACT: In this presentation, I will talk about the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlay the adaptive decision threshold modulation. I will demonstrate that apparently suboptimal biases in decision making might actually be adaptive responses to endogenous uncertainty in magnitude representations. I will then show that humans can monitor the direction and magnitude of errors in their temporal and numerical estimates (that originate from uncertainty in their magnitude representations) in the absence of feedback. I will argue that such “metric error monitoring” ability might serve as one of the sources of the adaptive-bias signaling in decision-making. After showing these behavioral and psychophysical interactions between subjective time and decision making, I will demonstrate their theoretical integration by arguing that both interval timing and decision making can be modeled based on the same generative processing dynamics. Finally, I will present the results of our recent neuromodulation studies that investigated the neural basis of controlled-modulation of decision-making and will offer a neurocognitive framework for conceptualizing the adaptive nature of decision-making.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 7, 2019 at 8:38 pm

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Sehir Philosophy Talks 46/ Ferda Keskin at 9 April 2019

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April 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm

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