Hesperus is Bosphorus

A group blog by philosophers in and from Turkey

Ancient Philosophy Day at Koç Univesity – October 26th, Friday, 1:00-6:00 pm

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Ancient Philosophy Day


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October 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

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SWIP-TR Conference 25-27 October

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Conference by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)

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.

Keynote Speakers

Zeynep Direk (Koç University, Istanbul)

Hatice Nur Erkızan (Muğla University, Muğla)

Hülya Şimga (Maltepe University, Istanbul)

Şerife Tekin (University of Texas at San Antonio)


Date of conference: 25-27 October 2018

Place: Bilkent University, Ankara, Room: H-232.

Registration: click here.

Program: click here.

Poster: click here.

Contact: swipturkey@gmail.com.

About the conference: 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’s 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, with two panels dedicated to students (one undergraduate, one graduate) spread over three days.

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 17, 2018 at 11:57 am

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Sehir Philosophy Talks 41 /Christian J. Emden on Nihilism/24 Oct 2018

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October 16, 2018 at 10:40 am

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Reading Seminar (17-18/10/2018) and Workshop (19-20/10/2018) on Hegel’s Logic at Boğaziçi

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Themes from Hegel’s Science of Logic – Workshop (October 19-20) and a Pre-workshop Reading Seminar (October 17-18)

Istanbul, Boğaziçi University

There will be a one and a half day workshop centered on Hegel’s Science of Logic in Boğaziçi University Philosophy Department on October 19-20. The workshop is open for everyone interested.

Right before the workshop, professor Cinzia Ferrini (University of Trieste) and post-doctoral researcher Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové) will lead a two-day reading seminar concentrating on selected themes arising from Science of Logic. The participants of the reading group are expected to have read the material that will be covered in the reading seminar (see the list of readings below). The maximum number of participants in the reading seminar is 15 and we give priority to Boğaziçi University students and faculty in case the quota is full. Please register for the reading seminar and in order to get a link to access the readings, by sending an email to ville.paukkonen@helsinki.fi

Details of both events can be found below the fold.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Bilkent: MBB Seminar, Jedediah WP Allen

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Jedediah WP Allen (Bilkent, Psychology)

“iToM: An Explicit Action-based Approach for an Implicit Theory of Mind”

Date: Friday, 12th October, 2018

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: A-130

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



Abstract:  It has become increasingly clear over the last half century that there are multiple important changes in children’s abilities taking place at around age 4. These changes span social, emotional, and cognitive domains. While some researchers have argued that a domain-general development explains some of the changes, such a position is a minority view. In the current article, we provide some evidence for the development of an age 4 domain-general enabling constraint on children’s ability to reflect. In turn, the development of reflection is argued to enable the transitions that we see within and across developmental domains. The model of reflection being offered is part of a broader action-based model of cognition and mind – interactivism (Bickhard, 1973, 1978, 2009a, b). We use this broader action-based model to weigh in on a recent controversy in the early development of children’s social-cognitive abilities.

In particular, there is growing support for the conclusion that infants possess a rudimentary understanding of other people’s (false)beliefs based on research that uses looking time studies (Onishi & Baillargeon, 2005). However, the ability to reason about another person’s (false)beliefs has traditionally been assumed to develop around age 4 (Wellman, Cross, & Watson, 2001). Therefore, a new theory of mind debate exists about whether these early looking time studies involve the need to attribute false beliefs to others or not. We argue that children cannot reason about another person’s (false)beliefs without reflection; and therefore, that infant abilities only demonstrate an interactive knowledge of other people.

About the speaker: Jedediah WP Allen is an assistant professor of Psychology and co-director of the BIL-GE developmental lab at Bilkent University. He is an associated editor for New Ideas in Psychology and recently received a national grant. He pursues theoretical and empirical issues within the area of Developmental Cognitive Science with a focus on the nature of representation, learning, and development across the domains of social-cognitive and cognitive development. Specific areas of research and publication include: (over)-imitation, development of trust and deception, theory of mind development, infant research methodology, the nativist-empiricist debate, and the role of action-based frameworks for the study of developmental psychology.

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 4, 2018 at 9:14 am

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CFA: Graduate Conference in Political Theory – Amsterdam

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A message from the organizers:

Değerli hocalarım ve öğrenci arkadaşlarım,
Lisansüstü öğrenciler ve doktorasını yeni bitirmiş (post-doc) araştırmacıların katılımıyla gerçekleşecek olan Amsterdam Siyaset Kuramı Konferansı’nın özet çağrısını aşağıda sizlerle paylaşıyorum. Düzenleme komitesi olarak konferansımızda dengeli bir uluslararası çeşitlilik gözetmeye çalışacağız. Sizlerden bu iletiyi ilgilenebilecek  doktora sonrası araştırmacılarla ve doktora öğrencilerinizle paylaşmanızı rica ediyorum.
Uğur Aytaç
CfA: Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory

23-24 May, 2019, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Keynote speakers: Simon Caney (Warwick), Lisa Herzog (TU München)

The conference offers graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to present their research in a vibrant intellectual environment and receive feedback from dedicated discussants. Each session will give those presenting a chance to engage with faculty and students from the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit as well as the keynote speakers.

The theme for this inaugural event is: “Bringing Theory to Practice“. This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • The ways in which normative political theory can or should be in dialogue with the empirical study of society, i.e. how normative-institutional prescriptions should be informed by empirical evidence; how empirical studies should be responsive to normative considerations.
  • The new challenges to democratic participation and political decision-making in a ‘post-truth’ world characterised by citizens’ alleged distrust of traditional institutions (e.g. mass media, scientific expertise, parliaments) and the affordances of digital and social media.
  1. Doing normative political theory in non-ideal conditions: theorising the changing world order (e.g. Trumpian foreign policy, the rise of nationalist movements, climate change, mass migration, as well as resistance, e.g. by fourth wave feminist movements).

Papers that address any of these topics are welcome, as are papers that address the conference theme more broadly. This conference is aimed at researchers working on any subfield and/or tradition of Political Theory/Political Philosophy. We also welcome papers from interdisciplinary researchers (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science) whose work is at the intersection of normative and empirical studies of society.

Abstract submission deadline: 31.12.2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 31.01.2019. 
Format: Please format abstracts for blind review, excluding any personal and institutional information. Furthermore, we require a short cover letter that includes your institutional affiliation, contact information, and a brief bio outlining your research interests. 
Length: Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. 
How to submit: Please email your abstracts to amsterdamptc2019@gmail.com
Paper submissions: Successful applicants will be required to submit the full papers before 10.05.2019. Papers must not exceed 6,000 words.
Funding: There is no participation fee. Lunches and refreshments will be provided, regrettably we are unable to provide any funding for travel or accommodation.
Contact: Please contact amsterdamptc2019@gmail.com for further information.
Organizers: Ugur Aytac, Gerrit Schaafsma, Lea Klarenbeek, Alex Thinius

The Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory is a joint enterprise of PhD students from the University of Amsterdam (Departments of Philosophy and Political Science) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (John Stuart Mill College), as well as the Amsterdam Center for Political Thought.

Further information: See the website amsterdampoliticaltheory.weebly.com

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 4, 2018 at 9:11 am

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Cog-Sci/Philosophy Reading Group at Boğaziçi, Fall 2018.

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We will continue with our philosophy/cog-sci reading group this semester on

Mondays from 5.30-730pm in JF507.

Everyone is welcome!

As cognition is something done by animals, getting a clearer idea about the nature of living beings is helpful for getting a better understanding of cognition, so we thought we would start the semester by reading a couple of the articles from the edited volume:  Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology edited by Daniel J. Nicholson and John Dupré, Oxford University Press, 2018.

This semester we will start on Monday, September 24th, by reading:

Daniel J. NicholsonReconceptualizing the Organism: From Complex Machine to Flowing Stream

On Monday, October 1st we will read the following chapter

Johanna SeibtOntological Tools for the Process Turn in Biology

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Oğuz at: conceptsandbeliefs@gmail.com

Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm

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