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Deadline Extended: SWIP-TR 3

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Call for Abstracts: 3rd Annual SWIP-TR Conference on Philosophy, Gender and Social Justice  
The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Conference and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 19-20 November, 2020 at Maltepe University, Turkey.

Date of the Conference: 19-20 November, 2020
Place: Maltepe University, Istanbul.
Abstracts: in English or Turkish
Word limit: between 900-1200 words (3 pages long)
Deadline for abstract submission:  June 1,  2020 
Notification of acceptance:  June 15, 2020
E-mail anonymized abstracts and a separate document with contact details as word or PDF to swiptr2020@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2020 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”
Review Process: Long abstracts will be double-blind reviewed according to criteria listed here. Abstracts that are not retained will receive feedback from an anonymous reviewer upon request.
Publication: After an independent triple-blind review process, selected papers will be published in FE Journal: Feminist Critique.

                          3rd Annual SWIP-TR Conference on Philosophy, Gender, and Social Justice 
                                                                                     Keynote Speakers
Prof. Betül Çotuksöken (Maltepe University, Istanbul)
Prof. Nazile Kalaycı (Hacettepe University, Ankara)

This conference is co-organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR), Maltepe University Department of Philosophy and Maltepe University UNESCO Chair for Gender Equality and Culture.

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 philosopher from Turkey who study or work abroad.

The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on the following subtopics spread over two days.
Philosophy, Gender, and Social Justice
–           Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy
–           Being a Woman in Philosophy
–           Topics in Feminist Philosophy
–           Gender, Race and Intersectional Analysis
–           Topics in Women’s Studies
–           Philosophical Questions about Social Justice
–           Philosophical Questions about Family

We invite (those identifying as) women philosophers to submit longs abstracts for presentation.
Please feel free to share this message with interested parties.

For further information, please e-mail swipturkey@gmail.com
Website: https://swip-tr.weebly.com/

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm

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Talk by Bill Wringe (Bilkent): “Shared Emotions and Other Minds” (21.05.2020)

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Bill Wringe (Bilkent) will have a guest lecture in my Social Cognition Class at Bogazici on Thursday, May 21st from 11am til 1pm (Istanbul time). Anyone is welcome to join.

Link can be found here: https://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/95389796502

ABSTRACT: Philosophers sometimes suggest we might address skepticism about other minds by defending a ‘direct realist’ account of our knowledge of the mental states of other people, on which we have direct perceptual access to the mental states of others. Our knowledge of the emotions of other people seems to provide us with a promising point of entry for such an account. However, we might doubt whether a state’s having an intentional object can be a part of what is directly perceived. If an emotion’s intentional directedness is essential to its being a mental state, then what we are able to attribute on directly perceptual grounds seems to fall short of being a fully-fledged mental state. This problem cannot be solved by direct realists who retain a ‘spectatorial’ approach to
accounting for our capacity to attribute mental states to others. Some suggest that ‘interactivist’ accounts can achieve more than purely spectatorial ones. However, it is at least initially unclear what interaction could add. Here I present an account on which our capacity to understand the emotions of others is based on our capacity for shared emotional involvement. On this view, my capacity to know what you are feeling is grounded in a more basic capacity to know what we are feeling. This approach solves the problem I raised for the spectatorial direct realist, since the fact that mental states that I share can be directed to particular intentional objects is not open to skeptical doubt.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 19, 2020 at 11:18 pm

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Talk: Victoria Holbrook, “The Architecture of Mimesis – Poetry in Plato and the Quran”, May 5th, 2020, 18:00

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Bilgi Üniversitesi Mimarlık Yüksek Lisans öğrencilerinin düzenlediği “Mekan Konuşmaları” serisinin 69.sunda Victoria Holbrook bizlerle olacak.

Konuşma Konusu: “The Architecture of Mimesis: Poetry in Plato and Quran”

Oluşan koşulların Doğu-Batı ayrımı olmaksızın toplumları aynı düzlemde buluşturduğu bugünlerde, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi’nden Dr. Victoria Holbrook, sanatın, siyasi yaşamın temsilinin ve epistemolojinin temelindeki “mimesis” kavramını, Plato’nun çalışmalarında ve Kuran’daki mekansal “mimesis” anlayışının ortaklıkları üzerinden tartışacak.

İlgilenen herkesi bekliyoruz.

Online Yayın: Zoom Meeting
(Konuşma herkese açıktır, katılım 100 kişi ile sınırlıdır.)
Tarih: 05.05.2020 Salı Saat: 18.00

Written by Ömer Aygün

May 2, 2020 at 7:03 pm

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BOUN Phil Colloq in May, Fridays 5pm, on ZOOM

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8 MAY 2020, 5pm
Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Emory University, Atlanta, USA): What is Kant’s Non-Ideal Theory of Politics

15 MAY 2020, 5pm
Ali Emre Benli (Department of Ethics, Law and Politics; Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnics and Religious Diversity; Gottingen; Germany): Should refugees vote?

22 MAY 2020, 5pm
Pascale Roure (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany): Logical Empiricism in Turkish Exile. Hans Reichenbach’s Research and Teaching Activities at Istanbul University (1933-1938)

To view abstracts, find zoom links, and to copy these entries to your personal calendars, go to: https://phil.boun.edu.tr/calendar

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Written by fzenker

April 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 30 Apr: Saniye Vatansever on Kant and Stoicism (Online Event)

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Consolation of Kant’s Philosophy: The Stoic Elements in Kant’s Letter to Maria von Herbert

By Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent, Philosophy) 

Date: Thursday April 30, 2020 

Time: 1640-1800 GMT+3

Zoom link: This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please click on the following link when the event is due to begin:  https://zoom.us/j/767639034

Abstract: In this paper, I examine the letter correspondence between Kant and Maria von Herbert, an Austrian woman who is well-versed in Kant’s moral philosophy. Herbert writes three letters to Kant and we only have access to Kant’s reply to her first letter. In her letters, Herbert explains her misery and seeks consolation from Kant in person as she claims that she couldn’t find comfort in philosophy. Thus, she raises interesting philosophical questions regarding the immorality of suicide, the dullness of leading a dutiful life, and consolation of philosophy. Whether Kant provides satisfactory answers to her questions is a matter of controversy. According to Rae Langton, Kant’s reply to Herbert simply ignores Herbert’s questions and that negligence on Kant’s part might be due to the underlying assumption that the less said on suicide, the less likely the morbid thoughts will arise. Contra Langton, I argue that by analyzing the nature of Herbert’s actions and the underlying causes of her feelings, Kant attempts to change Herbert’s negative emotions leading to suicidal thoughts. In other words, Kant aims to provide consolation and comfort to Herbert by helping her rationally analyze the causes of her destructive emotions. By doing so, Kant acts as a stoic philosopher attempting to transform the false judgments leading to negative emotions with the correct ones.

About the speaker:  click here.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

April 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm

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Online Talk hosted by Istanbul Bilgi 22 April: Geoffrey Bowe, “Socratic Spaces: Ingress and Egress, Inside and Outside – Setting in Plato’s Dialogues”

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Click here or on the poster below for a link to the meeting (via Zoom).

Written by roberthowton

April 16, 2020 at 7:55 am

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Prokopton: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Bilkent University

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The first issue of Prokopton: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Bilkent University is online at prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr.

Prokopton is an annual online journal. It is the first refereed international academic journal of philosophy for undergraduate students in Turkey. ‘Prokopton’, is a Greek term used by Stoics, which means making progress toward truth or being a student of wisdom.

The journal includes original research articles, translations, book reviews and interviews by undergraduate students. There is also a section for high-school students, edited by high school students. The managing editorial board of the journal consists of undergraduate students at Bilkent.

Please see the submission guidelines if you would like to submit your work for the next issue.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

April 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm

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