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Talk at Bilkent 4 Feb: Allauren Forbes on Friendship

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Friendship as a Means to Freedom

By Allauren Forbes (University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy)

Date: Tuesday 4th February, 2020

Time: 1640-1800

Place: H-232

Abstract: Friendship has been a subject of interest to Western philosophy since at least Plato and Aristotle, and the women thinking and writing about friendship in the Early Modern period did so within a context indebted to these traditions. This context was, however, deeply anti-women: real friendship was often claimed to be beyond the grasp of women, for women were inferior to men. However, some women philosophers – including Marie le Jars de Gournay, Mary Astell, and Gabrielle Suchon – wrote about friendship in ways that both emerge from the history of Western philosophy and yet which resist this inegalitarian framework. For these three philosophers, real friendship represents a means to obtain meaningful freedom. This is, at its core, a feminist project. Gournay, Astell, and Suchon all take a tradition that manifested the claims of their inherent inferiority and use it to suggest that women are not only (at least) potentially equal to men, but also that friendship itself can bring about the very good – freedom – that a patriarchal system would deny to them. Notably, though, each of these three philosophers conceives of the kind of freedom facilitated by friendship in a slightly different way. For Gournay, friendship supports a kind of epistemic freedom; Astell’s account of friendship promotes a moral sense of freedom; and Suchon shows that friendship is a necessary feature of a more straightforwardly political sense of freedom.

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About the speakerAllauren Forbes is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on transformative relations like friendship, marriage, and education and how they underwrite one’s intellectual and political capacities in early modern philosophy. She is also interested in contemporary questions of feminist philosophy and bioethics, particularly in the ethics of surrogacy and its impact on women’s agency, and in questions in technology, especially as are relevant to democratic institutions. She has published in the journal Hypatia, as well as book chapters in the Routledge Handbook on Early Modern Women and in Reconsidering Political Thinkers (OUP).

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January 30, 2020 at 9:03 am

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Philosophy talk at Boğaziçi: Ahmet Cevik (Ankara) on “Mathematical Pluralism” (20/12/2019)

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Ahmet Cevik (Ankara) will give a talk on Friday, December 20th, from 5pm to 7pm at Boğaziçi University in JF507. Everyone is welcome. (Talk will be via Skype)

 “Mathematical Pluralism”

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

December 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm

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Philosophy talk at Boğaziçi: Genco Guralp (San Diego State University) on “Hubble’s Resistance: The Expanding Universe (1929-2010) and the Epistemology of Empirical Confirmation.” (19/12/2019)

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Genco Guralp (San Diego State University) will give a talk on Thursday, December 19th, from 5pm to 7pm at Boğaziçi University in JF507. Everyone is welcome. (Talk will be via Skype)

“Hubble’s Resistance: The Expanding Universe (1929-2010) and the Epistemology of Empirical Confirmation.”

Abstract: According to the received view, the expansion of the universe was discovered by Edwin Hubble in 1929. However, this claim has recently been questioned. For example, science historians Helge Kragh and Robert Smith argue that “Hubble cannot reasonably be credited with the discovery of the expanding universe.” (Kragh and Smith 2003, 141.)  The main reason for this is that Hubble never made a claim in print that his observations unequivocally demonstrate that the universe is expanding. However, these authors fail to emphasize the fact that Hubble gave empirical reasons why the interpretation of the velocity—distance relation as a universal expansion was not possible within the experimental context of his own era: alternative explanations were not ruled out empirically (hypothesis was underdetermined by data). Focusing on this fact, I identify two puzzles concerning the discovery of the expanding universe, and I argue that Richard Dawid’s work on the “non-empirical confirmation” of scientific hypotheses may provide a solution. On this basis, I examine several philosophical consequences that follow from the case of the expanding universe concerning the validation of empirical claims in science.

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December 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm

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December 6, 2019 at 7:42 pm

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JOBS: 2x Assistant or Associate Professor at Koç University / Deadline Dec. 15th

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A reminder for those interested: The Department of Philosophy at Koç University invites applications for two full-time faculty positions at the assistant or associate professor level, beginning September 2020, in the following areas:

AOS: Ethics and/or political philosophy. AOC: Open, but we have teaching needs in aesthetics.

AOS: Metaphysics. AOC: Open, but we have teaching needs in advanced logic (up to graduate level) and philosophy of science.

The deadline is December 15th and full details about the posts and how to apply can be found here: https://philjobs.org/job/show/14110 (ethics and/or political philosophy) and https://philjobs.org/job/show/14090 (metaphysics).

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December 6, 2019 at 2:29 pm

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Talk at Boğaziçi: Sinem Elkatip Hatipoğlu (Şehir): “Thinking about being in a mental state one is not in – a problem of higher order theories of consciousness?” (12/12/2019)

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Sinem Elkatip Hatipoğlu (Şehir University) will give a talk at Boğaziçi University on Thursday 12/12/2019, from 5-7pm in JF507. Everyone is welcome.

 

“Thinking about being in a mental state one is not in – a problem of higher order theories of consciousness?”

 

ABSTRACT: According to higher order (HO) theories of consciousness, a mental state, viz., the target or the lower order (LO) state, is conscious when the subject has another mental state, viz., a HO state about it. A major criticism of HO theories involves empty HO states, i.e. a HO state without a LO state, since it is not clear in such cases which mental state is conscious in virtue of the HO state and what the point of having the LO state at all is if the HO state is sufficient for consciousness. I try to undermine this criticism. First, I consider if it is possible to suggest that there are strictly speaking no cases of genuinely empty HO states, but only cases of radically misrepresented targets. While I think this is possible, I also contend that this move only pushes the question a step further – why would the LO state be so radically misrepresented? Besides, given the tenets of the HO theory, viz. the distinction between the LO and the HO state, the possibility of empty HO states should be endorsed. Hence I try to undermine the criticism not by eliminating empty HO states but by suggesting a more thorough understanding of state consciousness according to which the existence of a mental state is not necessary for the subject to think that she is in that mental state and hence for her to have the experience. Lastly, I suggest a way HO theories could further be developed by offering some remarks about how LO states might be related to HO states and why empty HO states emerge. This suggestion takes into account subject’s history and aims at providing a naturalistic account according to which empty HO states arise for the well-being of the organism given the totality of the organism’s mental life.

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December 5, 2019 at 2:35 pm

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December 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm

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November 22, 2019 at 2:31 pm

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Full-time positions at Bogazici University

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The Department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul invites letters of interest to be considered for appointment to two full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Prof. in our department. {NOTE: In accord with Turkish government provisions, this search is for Turkish citizens only.} Information about our programmes is available at http://www.phil.boun.edu.tr/.

 

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in philosophy (by 1. Jan. 2020) and one research publication. The area of speciality (AOS) is open; desired areas of competence (AOC) include: epistemology, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of science, or Ancient Philosophy. Collegiality and willingness to share departmental responsibilities are required. Typically teaching is two courses per term, undergraduate and graduate, plus typical departmental administrative or committee assignments.

 

Interested candidates are kindly requested to submit each of the following: (1) a letter of interest, (2) current C.V. (including: contact details, academic training, teaching responsibilities, publications and current research titles or topics) and (3) a list of 3 to 6 confidential references. Concise statements regarding research plans or teaching may be included. These materials are due by 1 December 2019; ONLY complete dossiers can be considered. Please submit all materials as PDF documents to: bounphilchair@gmail.com. Please follow this schema for naming your PDF files: Lastname-1stInitial-Keyterm2019; e.g.: Westphal-KR-CV2019.

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November 16, 2019 at 2:54 pm

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SWIP-TR Conference program

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The program for the second SWIP-TR conference which will take place at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University on 14-16 November is now up on the SWIP-TR website.

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Written by Sandrine Berges

October 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

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Bowe’s seminar (third session), Oct 23rd, 6pm

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We pick up tomorrow, October 23rd, at 6pm, at GSÜ, where we left off at Geoffrey Bowe’s seminar on Plato’s Republic. This session is entitled “Puppets, Sunshine and the Afterlife: Noble Lies and Orphic Myths”. And the discussant is İpek Tuncel from Koç University.

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October 22, 2019 at 9:29 am

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Graduate Student Philosophy workshop at Boğaziçi (19/10/2019)

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There will be a Phd student philosophy workshop at Boğaziçi  this Saturday (19/10/2019) starting at 1pm in JF507. Everyone is welcome.

Schedule:

1.00-2.00
Hakkı Kaan Arıkan (Boğaziçi): “Sellars, Grice and Theory of Mind”

2.00 – 3.00
Müge Kuyumcuoğlu (Boğaziçi): “The problem of relevance as it applies to learning from experience.”
Commentator: Buse Kurtar (Boğaziçi)

3.30 – 4.30
Arzu Gökmen (Boğaziçi):  “Machine ethics: questions and objectives”
Commentator:  Tuğba Sevinç (Bahçeşehir)

4.30 – 5.30
Oğuz Erdin (Boğaziçi): “An evaluation of methodologies in  cognitive science based on Lakatos’ methodology of scientific research programs.”
Commentator: Aran Arslan (Boğaziçi)

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 14, 2019 at 12:28 am

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MA and PhD in Philosophy at Bilkent University

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We are now accepting applications for our MA and PhD in philosophy (for those starting in Spring 2020).

Early application deadline: Nov 1
Regular application deadline: Dec 13

All successful applicants will receive a comprehensive scholarship (tuition waiver, housing support, private health insurance, and monthly stipend).

Up to five graduate students each year will have the opportunity to spend a semester at the School of Philosophy at Australian National University. The exchange is fully funded.

We warmly welcome applications from international students, as well as philosophy and non-philosophy majors.

The language of instruction for all aspects of the program is English.

For more information click here.

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October 11, 2019 at 8:21 am

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Talk by Bence Nanay at Bilkent University

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The Fragmented Mind

By Bence Nanay (Antwerp & Cambridge)

Date: Thursday 24th October

Time: 1740-1900

Place: Bilkent University, FFB-06

Abstract: You are bored during this talk, do you check your phone or not? Resist the temptation or yield? Social psychology shows that both are bad options. Yielding establishes bad habits and resisting often leads to cognitive dissonance (when you want to hide from yourself that you had the urge to check your phone). The best thing to do with temptation is to avoid them – leave that phone at home, for example. If we want to understand self-control, we should focus on avoiding, not on resisting temptations. And we have some evidence that the ability to avoid temptations directly correlates to the extent to which our mind is fragmented.

About the speakerBence Nanay is Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor at the University of Antwerp, where he is also co-director of the Centre for Philosophical Psychology and Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. He is the author of Between Perception and Action (OUP, 2013) and the editor of Perceiving the World (OUP, 2010), Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception (OUP, 2016) and of Current Controversies in Philosophy of Perception (Routledge, 2016). He has published more than 90 articles on various topics mainly in philosophy of mind and in aesthetics. He used to work as a film critic and served on the jury of various major international film festivals.

This talk precedes “Exploring the Mind’s Eye – An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination” (October 25-26), where Prof. Nanay will also be presenting.

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October 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

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Imagination and Mental Imagery Reading Group at Bilkent

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In preparation for the Exploring the Mind’s Eye interdisciplinary conference, which will take place on October 25-26 at Bilkent, we will have two more meetings of our reading group on imagination and mental imagery where we will discuss some papers by the conference speakers. Having participated in the summer meetings is not a requirement to attend the meetings this semester. The readings (which might be adjusted based on the participants’ suggestions) are as follows:

Session 1: October 8, Tuesday, 17:40-18:40, H-355

Session 2: October 22, Tuesday, 17:40-18:40, H-355

If you are interested in joining the reading group, please contact Tufan Kıymaz.

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

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October 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm

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Thomas Schmidt’s talk on Oct 7, Monday in John Freely 507 at 17h

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“Moral Obligation, Moral Reasons, and Supererogation”

Thomas Schmidt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sometimes, an action has something morally in its favour, but it is not morally required since an alternative action is favoured by moral considerations that have, in the context, a greater normative weight. Cases of this sort suggest that it is one thing for an action to be favoured by a moral consideration, or reason, and quite another for it to be morally required, or obligatory. In view of this, it makes sense to ask how moral reasons and moral obligations are related to one another. In my talk, I suggest and defend an answer to this question.
More specifically, I show that there is an initially plausible and theoretically defensible way of explaining moral obligations in terms of moral (and other) reasons, i.e. of complementing the following scheme:

There is a moral obligation to  if, and only if (and because), … [moral (and other) reasons].

As has been observed by several authors, the key to accomplishing this task is to make appropriate room for the possibility of supererogation. I argue that the view that I propose does this in a particularly promising way: it turns out to be not only consistent with the possibility of supererogation, but to entail a plausible general account of what makes an action supererogatory in the first place. Moreover, it can be shown to entail an attractive view about how deontic moral categories and all-things-considered categories are related to one another.

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September 27, 2019 at 5:55 pm

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Adam Bradley at Bilkent, 4 October

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The Paradox of Pain

By Adam Bradley (Antwerp, Center for Philosophical Psychology)

Date: Friday 4th October

Time: 1100-1230

Place: H-232

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Abstract: Bodily pain strikes many philosophers as deeply paradoxical. The issue is that pains seem to bear both physical characteristics, such as a location in the body, and mental characteristics, such as being subjective entities to which subjects have privileged and peculiar epistemic access. In this paper I clarify and address this alleged paradox of pain. I begin by showing how a further assumption, Objectivism, the thesis that what one feels in one’s body when one is in pain is something mind-independent, is necessary for the generation of the paradox. Consequently, the paradox can be avoided if one instead adopts Subjectivism, the thesis that what one feels in one’s body when one is in pain is something mind-dependent. Subjectivism, however, raises serious puzzles, for it is not obvious how anything can possess all of the features we associate with bodily pain. To address this puzzlement and finally put the paradox of pain to rest, I develop the Embodied View of Pain, a novel metaphysical account on which pains are constitutively mind-dependent features of parts of a subject’s body.

About the speaker: Adam Bradley received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. He works at the intersection of philosophy of mind, cognitive science, epistemology, and metaphysics. His research to date has been focused on bodily awareness, our awareness of our bodies ‘from the inside,’ including bodily pain. This has lead to a recent article in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research on the feeling of bodily ownership. Dr Bradley is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp, working on with Bence Nanay and colleagues on the ERC funded project ‘Seeing Things You Don’t See.’

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September 24, 2019 at 3:44 pm

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Call For Registration: Conference on Imagination at Bilkent

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Exploring the Mind’s Eye: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination will be held at Bilkent University, Ankara on October 25-26, 2019. This conference is organized by the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience.

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order):
Adam Zeman, University of Exeter
Amy Kind, Claremont McKenna College
Anna Abraham, Leeds Beckett University
Bence Nanay, University of Antwerp
David Papineau, CUNY Graduate Center & KCL
Deena Weisberg, Villanova University
Kourken Michaelian, Université Grenoble Alpes
Margot Strohminger, University of Oxford
Tufan Kıymaz, Bilkent University

Conference program: Click here

Registration: imgconf.eventbrite.com
Online registration is free but required.

The day before the conference, Thursday, October 24, Bence Nanay will give a talk at Bilkent University for wider audience. The title of his talk is “The Fragmented Mind.” Everyone is welcome to attend this talk as well.

All questions should be emailed to imgconf@bilkent.edu.tr
For more information about the conference: phil.bilkent.edu.tr

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September 24, 2019 at 3:28 pm

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Philosophy/Cognitive Science reading group at Boğaziçi (Fall, 2019)

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Our philosophy/cognitive science reading group at Boğaziçi will continue this semester meeting from 5.30-7.00pm on Mondays. Everyone is welcome.

Our first meeting will be this Monday (September, 23rd) in JF507.

We will begin the semester by reading some of:

Jean Piaget’s, Origins_of intelligence in children.

(We will discuss the introduction, and perhaps chapter one in our first meeting)

Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm

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SWIP-TR Muğla: deadline for abstracts approaching

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Call for Abstracts: 2ndCongress by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 2ndAnnual Congress and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 14-16 November, 2019 at Mugla University, Turkey.

Date of the conference: 14-16 November 2019
Place: Mugla University, Mugla, Turkey.
Abstracts: On any topic in philosophy in English or Turkish
Word limit: No more than 500 words.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October 2019
E-mail: Anonymised abstracts and a separate sheet with contact details as word or PDF document to swipturkey@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2019 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”
The conference is organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR) with the support of Mugla University Philosophy Department and Bilkent University Philosophy Department.
The goal of the event is to provide 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 philosophical developments here.
The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on any area of philosophy spread over three days. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of Arkhe-Logos Philosophy Journal.

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September 20, 2019 at 10:04 am

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Bowe’s Seminar “On Plato’s ‘Republic'” in October at GSÜ

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Ancient Philosophy Istanbul is proudly hosting a four-session seminar by Geoffrey Bowe (İTÜ), “On Plato’s Republic“. The titles of each session and the names of the discussants are to be found below. Many thanks to İpek Tuncel for her contribution in organizing the discussants.
  • October 2nd: Structure, Character, Symbolism, Setting: Prosopography and the Politics of the Peloponnesian War – Discussant: Sözeri Şahin (Koç University)
  • October 9th: Which justice? Whose rationality? Inter-psychic and Intra-psychic Justice in the City-Soul Analogy – Discussant: Enver Ali Akova (Koç University)
  • October 16th: Puppets, Sunshine and the Afterlife: Noble Lies and Orphic Myths – Discussant: İpek Tuncel (Koç University)
  • October 23rd: Platonic Eudaimonism: Justice as the Health of the Soul – Discussant: Ongun Kılıç (Koç University)
All meetings are on Wednesdays at 6pm at GSÜ Erdoğan Teziç Salonu. Contact: cansuakarsu@gmail.com

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September 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm

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Talks at Ancient Philosophy Istanbul (AFİ) Fall 2019

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Ancient Philosophy Istanbul is organizing the following meetings as part of its 2019 Fall Conference Program:
  • On October 2, 9, 16 and 23rd, Geoffrey Bowe (İTÜ) shall give a four-session seminar in English, entitled “On Plato’s Republic“. The titles of the sessions are:
    • October 2nd: Structure, Character, Symbolism, Setting: Prosopography and the Politics of the Peloponnesian War
    • October 9th: Which justice? Whose rationality? Inter-psychic and Intra-psychic Justice in the City-Soul Analogy
    • October 16th: Puppets, Sunshine and the Afterlife: Noble Lies and Orphic Myths
    • October 23rd: Platonic Eudaimonism: Justice as the Health of the Soul
  • On November 27th, Levent Kavas (Yeditepe Üniversitesi) shall give a conference in Turkish, entitled “Eski Yunan Felsefesinin İlk Çağı: Ne Durumdayız?”.
  • On December 11 and 18th, Hakan Yücefer shall give a two-session seminar in Turkish, entitled “Badiou’nun Devlet‘i”. The first session is entitled “Bugün Platon’u Okumak”, the second “İş Bölümü, Demokrasi ve Komünizm”.

 

All meetings are on Wednesdays at 6pm at GSÜ Erdoğan Teziç Salonu. Contact: cansuakarsu@gmail.com

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August 30, 2019 at 11:19 am

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CFA: Second SWIP-TR conference at Muğla

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Call for Abstracts: 2ndCongress by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 2ndAnnual Congress and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 14-16 November, 2019 at Mugla University, Turkey.

Date of the conference: 14-16 November 2019
Place: Mugla University, Mugla, Turkey.
Abstracts: On any topic in philosophy in English or Turkish
Word limit: No more than 500 words.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October 2019
E-mail: Anonymised abstracts and a separate sheet with contact details as word or PDF document to swipturkey@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2019 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”
The conference is organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR) with the support of Mugla University Philosophy Department and Bilkent University Philosophy Department.
The goal of the event is to provide 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 philosophical developments here.
The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on any area of philosophy spread over three days. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of Arkhe-Logos Philosophy Journal.

 

 

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July 27, 2019 at 1:39 pm

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Panos Eliopoulos’ talk on August 2, Friday in John Freely 507 (BU) at 17h

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Panos Eliopoulos, PhD, Lecturer, University of Ioannina- Greece
NOTIONS OF NON-VIOLENCE IN ROMAN STOICISM; Abstract: In the moral philosophy of the late Stoa, there is a significant turn to the recognition of values of non violence. Starting from the point where the philosophers of the Ancient and the Middle Stoa acknowledge man’s relation with the Cosmos and with each human being separately due to Logos, some of the most prominent Stoics of the Roman period (namely Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, but even Cicero who fosters many of the earlier Stoic ethical views, despite his attachment to the doctrines of the Academy) enrich the content of this theorization by offering an expansion of the concept of the Greek “philanthropy”. Through the practical means of individual correction, which leads to the therapy of passions, the Stoic sage returns to society in order to emancipate the human being and to ensure that man will recover his ontological worth, his “dignitas”. Moral repercussions are only part of this change of emphasis in the Stoic dogma; there are certain political insinuations that confront the role of the individual in the political system of the epoch. This effort is grounded on benevolent and mild action, which aims to correct rather than to discipline both individual and collective ways of being. It is this particular contribution of theirs in the history of philosophy that I aim to discuss in connection with issues directly related with a non violent, eudaimonistic way of life in the context of social peace.

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July 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

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Imagination and Mental Imagery Reading Group at Bilkent

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In preparation for the Exploring the Mind’s Eye interdisciplinary conference, which will take place on October 25-26 at Bilkent, we will have a reading group on imagination and mental imagery where we will discuss some papers by the conference speakers. We will have three sessions this summer, and we will continue in late September. The readings (which might be adjusted based on the participants’ suggestions) for the summer sessions are as follows:

Session 1: June 18, Tuesday, 15:00-16:30, H-355

Session 2: July 2, Tuesday, 15:00-16:30, H-355

Session 3: July 16, Tuesday, 15:00-16:30, H-355

If you are interested in joining the reading group, please contact Tufan Kıymaz.

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

 

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 25, 2019 at 4:07 pm

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First Annual Boğaziçi Summer Philosophy Conference (29/06/2019)

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First Annual Boğaziçi Summer Philosophy Conference

Saturday, 29/06/2019

All talks will be held in JF507. Everybody welcome.

12.30 – 2.00:
Jakub Mácha (Brno): “The fate of dialectics: Bei-spiel/by-play in Kant, Hegel, and Derrida”

2.00 –  3.30:
Gözde Yıldırım (Boston): “Why Neuroscience Cannot Debunk Deontology”

3.30 – 5.00
Taylan Susam (Brown): “Kant’s Analysis of Duty”

5.00 – 6.30
Larry Udell (West Chester): “Some Rawlsian Notes on Universal Basic Income.”

Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

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Call For Poster Proposals: Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination

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We are pleased to invite submissions to Exploring the Mind’s Eye: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Imagination for poster presentations. The conference will be held at Bilkent University, Ankara on October 25-26, 2019 and it is organized by the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience. The aim of the conference is to bring researchers interested in the philosophy and science of imagination together to initiate discussions and possible new collaborations. For the conference webpage click here.

The deadline for poster submissions is Friday, July 12, 2019 (midnight, GMT). Poster proposals should be between 500-1000 words and they should be submitted as a PDF file at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=img2019

Travel and accommodation costs belong to the accepted poster presenters, but we can help with reserving on-campus accommodation.

There will be a Cappadocia trip on October 27-28 following the conference. The conference organizers will handle details and logistics but those interested in joining will be expected to cover their own costs. For more information about Cappadocia, click here.

 

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Possible Topics:

We invite topics on all areas related to philosophy and science of imagination, including (but not limited to):

  • The representational content of mental imagery
  • Pretence, play and imagination
  • Neuroscience of mental imagery
  • Aphantasia and similar neurological conditions
  • Psychological significance of imagination
  • Modal knowledge, conceivability and imagination
  • Mental time travel
  • Embodied imagination
  • Imagination in aesthetics and philosophy of fiction

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Adam Zeman
  • Amy Kind
  • Daniel Stoljar
  • Bence Nanay
  • Anna Abraham
  • Margot Strohminger
  • Kourken Michaelian
  • Deena Weisberg
  • Tufan Kıymaz

All questions about submissions should be emailed to imgconf@bilkent.edu.tr

(A call for registration will be announced soon. Registration is required but there won’t be a registration fee)

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 22, 2019 at 4:24 pm

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Kant workshop on May 24, Friday in Bogazici University (second update)

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14:00 Anita Leirfal (University of Bergen), “On the perception of forces: Some Kantian reflections”

15:30 Lucas Thorpe (BU), “Kant on character and calculus”

17:00 Ken Westphal (BU), Kant’s Two Models of Human Actions;

The talks will be in John Freely 507. Everyone welcome.

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May 22, 2019 at 8:13 am

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Walter Veit’s talk in Bogazici

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“From Scaffolding to Natural Selection”; May 23, Thursday at 17h; John Freely Building Room #’s 507 and 508; Abstract: Darwin provided us with a powerful tool to explain the evolution of living systems: the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. Traditional approaches, however, merely relying on natural selection have proven insufficient to explain the emergence of new levels of selection, i.e. the major transitions. The problem is one of circularity for evolutionary explanations: how to explain the evolution of Darwinian properties without already invoking them at level they are supposed to emerge. Recent advances in experimental evolution suggest a way forward: Rainey et al. (2017) argue that Darwinian properties could be exogenously imposed via ecological scaffolding allowing natural selection to commence. This could solve the ‘black box’ dilemma faced by Darwinian explanations relying on natural selection. However, despite scaffolding recently becoming a popular theme in the study of cognition, culture and evolution, the concept has suffered from vagueness and ambiguity. In this paper, I develop scaffolding from a mere metaphor used in a vague sense of environmental support into a proper scientific concept able to do explanatory work. In doing so, I introduce a much needed distinction between what I call evolutionary scaffolding and developmental scaffolding that has not been recognized in the literature, analysing the significance of scaffolding for evolutionary biology.

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May 21, 2019 at 2:31 pm

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Talk by Chris Brown at Bilkent, 21 May

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“Exclusion endures: How compatibilism allows dualists to bypass the causal closure argument”

By Chris Brown (CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy)

Date: Tuesday 21st May, 2019 

Time: 1500-1645 

Place: H-232

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Abstract:  Jaegwon Kim maintains that his ‘exclusion argument’ forces us to accept reductive physicalism, which identifies mental and other high-level properties of the world with lower-level properties, over nonreductive physicalism, which avoids such identifications. According to Kim, the exclusion argument shows that any nonreductive view leads to either epiphenomenalism or unacceptable overdetermination of physical effects by physical causes. However, a popular nonreductive physicalist approach called ‘compatibilism’ aims to show that physicalism need not collapse high-level properties into lower-level physical. Compatibilism attempts to block the exclusion argument by attending to the tight modal relationship between higher and lower properties required by nonreductive physicalism. Unfortunately, a similarly tight modal relationship will be embraced by any dualists who hold that natural laws are metaphysically necessary. Despite its increasingly widespread popularity among nonreductive physicalists, it thus seems that the compatibilist’s proposed solution cannot be upheld without removing the barriers to dualists of this sort.

About the speaker: Chris Brown is a PhD student in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. He works primarily in philosophy of mind, metaphysics and Nietzsche, with an emphasis on the mind-body problem, physicalism, and Nietzschean psychology and value theory. He has publications in Analysis, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Erkenntnis and Topoi.

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May 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm

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