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MA at Bilkent – Deadline 22 May

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We are now accepting applications for the M.A. in Philosophy (for those starting the degree in Fall 2017).

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a comprehensive scholarship (tuition waiver, accommodation and stipend).

Up to five successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend a semester at the School of Philosophy at Australian National University.

The philosophy department at Bilkent is ranked #1 in Turkey for research. Our research focuses on central areas of analytic philosophy: metaphysics and philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. We also have strengths in the history of philosophy.

This is a two year masters that includes coursework and a thesis.

Philosophy and non-philosophy majors are encouraged to apply. We also warmly welcome applications from international students. The language of instruction for all courses is English.

For further information about the department and the master’s program go to: http://phil.bilkent.edu.tr/

Admission requirements and online application can be found here.

Deadlines for Fall 2017 applicants:
Application deadline: 22 May 2017
Written exam: 25 May 2017*
Interview: 26 May 2017*

* International students may take the written exam remotely and complete the interview via skype. A similar arrangement may be possible for Turkish students who are not based in Ankara.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm

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Sehir Uni Philosophy Talks 32: What Unites a Society // Tuğba Sevinç Yücel 18 May 2017 17:00

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May 16, 2017 at 5:33 pm

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Frank Zenker (Lund & Konstanz U) at Bogazici (18 May 2017)

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May 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm

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Workshop at Boğaziçi: Normativity in Action II: From Logic to Ethics (17/05/2017)

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There will be a workshop at Boğaziçi next Wednesday (17/05/2017) on normativity in Logic and Ethics from 2pm to 6.30pm. All talks will take place in JF 507. Everyone is welcome.


Normativity in Action II: From Logic to Ethics


2.00 – 3.20    Peter Milne (Stirling): “Assertion, Inference and the Conditional”

3.30 – 4.50    Jack Woods (Leeds): “The Authority of Formality”

5:00 – 6.20    Ken Westphal (Boğaziçi): “Normativity without Nonsense:  Why Incommensurable Values are Worthless”

Support for this conference was provided by Funding for this Workshop was provided by the joint Boğaziçi -Southampton Newton-Katip Çelebi project AF140071 “Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government” run by Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) and Sasha Mudd (Southampton)

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

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Uluslararası İstanbul Felsefe Kongresi Tebliğ Çağrısı

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Uluslararası İstanbul Felsefe Kongresi

3-4 MAYIS 2018 / İstanbul Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi

İstanbul Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Felsefe Bölümü tarafından üç yılda bir düzenlenecek olan Uluslararası İstanbul Felsefe Kongresi’nde, 2018 yılı için belirlenen aşağıdaki oturum içerikleri çerçevesinde felsefenin hem tarihî derinliğinin hem de çağdaş meselelerinin muhtelif boyutlarıyla ele alınması hedeflenmektedir.

Türkiye’de Felsefe: İmkânlar ve Zaaflar
Çağdaş Ontoloji Tartışmaları
Özne ve Metafizik
Çağdaş Etik/Politik Felsefe
İslam Felsefesi: Kavramsal Dönüşümler ve Süreklilikler
Çağdaş Mantık Tartışmaları

Kongreye katılmak isteyen kıymetli araştırmacıların 11 Eylül 2017 tarihine kadar 350-400 kelimelik tebliğ özetlerini başvuru adresindeki form yoluyla kongre sekretaryasına ulaştırmaları beklenmektedir.

Kongrenin dili Türkçe ve İngilizcedir.

Kongrede sunulan tebliğler bilahare belirlenecek takvim ve şartlar çerçevesinde yayınlanacaktır.

Written by metindemirsehir

May 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm

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Erdinç Sayan at Bilkent 12 May

“Contra Cantor: How to Count the “Uncountably Infinite

Erdinç Sayan (METU)

Friday, 12 May, 2017, 1100-1230, G-160

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Abstract: Georg Cantor’s celebrated diagonalization argument is supposed to demonstrate that the set of real numbers has a higher cardinality than the set of natural numbers. In other words, real numbers are “uncountably (or nondenumerably) infinite” whereas natural numbers are “countably (or denumerably) infinite.” I argue that the set of real numbers is, like the set of natural numbers, denumerably infinite, not nondenumerably infinite. I first discuss an attempt to directy demonstrate the denumerable infinity of real numbers between 0 and 0.999… and show that that attempt fails. I then propose an idea about an indirect way of establishing the denumerable infinity of real numbers. My method is to use tree diagrams. For convenience and simplicity of the diagrams, I employ the binary number system to represent real numbers rather than the ordinary decimal number system.
Then I take up the task of showing that, not only the real numbers between 0 and 0.999…, but the entire set of real numbers are countably infinite. Next, I argue that Cantor’s diagonal argument is fallacious and point to the exact sources of its failure. I then move on to criticize another version of the Cantorian diagonalization maneuver to prove that the power set (set of all subsets) of natural numbers is nondenumerably infinite, with cardinality א1. I also show that another one of Cantor’s contentions is erroneous. Against his claim that the power set of real numbers is nondenumerably infinite, with cardinality א2, I show that that set too is denumerably infinite. I end with some concluding remarks.

Written by Sandrine Berges

May 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

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Şehir Philosophy Talks 31 Nietzsche on Memory and Forgetting // Zeynep Talay 05 May 2017

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May 4, 2017 at 8:44 am

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