Lokman ÇİLİNGİR, 17.12.2016 The Religion-Politics Relationship in Islamic Thought

While Greek thinkers were discussing political problems, the city-state surrounded the entire community life from politics to economy and from faith to education was standing in front of them. However the Sharia laws and the Islamic state were standing in front of classical Islamic thinkers. Hence, it was unthinkable that thinkers living in the Islamic world would move from purely rational premises while presenting their political arguments. Often they were beginning to political debates with acceptance a direct divine order, both in terms of their beliefs and the concern of legitimizing philosophy. Then they were flurrying to prove the righteousness of Sharia laws. They could not had exceeded a sense of politics stuck in Sharia. In order to exceed this vicious circle, either religion would had been excluded by a secular manner (however at that time it was neither possible nor desirable) or religion and politics would had been considered as different phenomenon (as Ibn Khaldun did in the late 13th century), by means of this the door would had been opened to new political theories. Every types of trials were required for reconsideration the institutions of religion and politics intertwined in the Islamic world. However, philosophy, which is a common foundation of both religious and political institutions, could not had been considered independently of this attempt.

By nature of philosophy, any thinker who was trying to philosophizing in the Islamic world had to first understand and conceptualize the field of culture and values s/he was in, and then to settle the fact of politics by the way of legitimize her/his own activity. If it is thought that the dominant problem of the time is to resolve the conflict between "reason" and "revelation", it is better understood that philosophy has entered into the Islamic world, where religion presents itself as politics, in the guidage of politics.

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Doğan GÖÇMEN, 21.05.2016 What it means to be human? Can liberty be determined?

What it means to be human? Can liberty be determined or defined? Let us put it in much dramatic way: can liberty be known? Is there any couple of concepts, which human history until now has been able to produce, the definition of which defines at the same time the other concept? If we define what it means to be human we define at the same time almost immediately also the concept of liberty and if we define what liberty is we define at the same time what it means to be human. What does it mean to be human? Why are there humans? Is the sense of the fact that there are humans is determined prior to their existence or have humans themselves have to determine what the sense of their existence is? If the sense of the existence of humans is determined prior to their existence how can we know what it is? Where have we to look for if we want to know what has been determined prior to the existence of humans? But if humans themselves have to determine what it means to be human, what are the criteria which may be helpful? Has this decision to be made individually or collectively by society as a whole? Perhaps it is an individual and at the same time a collective decision.

What is liberty? If we think about liberty in relation to rights, there arises the question whether liberty means merely rights? Or rather does liberty not necessarily include at the same responsibilities? If we take liberty in this sense to include rights and responsibilities at the same time would this not contradict the very essence of the concept of liberty? What is then liberty? Is it liberty when it is said that everyone should be allowed to do what he/she wants to for example? Almost everyone ascribes to this claim. And on the other hand what does it mean to be able to say that I have lived? What does it mean to fulfil oneself?"

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Ahmet İnam, 23.04.2016 Love

Ahmet İnam, with his book “LOVE”, is calling all of us again to “LOVE” that we’ve lost. To “LOVE” that presented to humanity immense meaning and source of truth. “LOVE” that is our closest state to the feeling of truth which does not only mean to reflect our truth to the others but to explore the truth of others too. “LOVE” is the possibility of building a new world. In a world woven with the meaning of: “to fully live”. “LOVE” does not live in todays world, cannot live.

We sent “LOVE” to exile.

We love the world “LOVE”, while living it’s absence like deficiency in our existence.

Meanings are our constructions, they cannot be outside of our existence.

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Hamdi Bravo, 19.03.2016 Can the Lord-Bondage Relationship Be Posited at the Beginning of Social Life?

17th and 18th Century philosophers assumes an era in the beginning of human history which all humans live asocially. The feature of this era is that there isn’t any institution like law, morality, state and religion which both provide and organize the social life. This era which is called by philosophers as “state of nature” was ended in a time in the history and social order arised. For the many thinkers, this critical point worths considering to understand the transition from the state of nature to social life: Whether this transition happens voluntarily or under the coercion?

Lord-bondage relationship is a hypothesis which is used and tried to comprehended by the philosophers which assumes that this transition is happened under the coercion. At 19th century especially Hegel and Nietzsche focused on this relationship.

In this conference their determinations on this relationship will be exposed in a critical manner.

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Atilla Erdemli, 20.02.2016 From Myth to Philosophy

Everything that exists is knowledge. Other living things on earth have sufficient information for life instinctively. However, humans are born without knowledge. Learning is the only way to acquire knowledge. People must establish and made knowledge on this way, they have to live according to their own doing, they must control and develop theirself and their knowledges. Humans tend to live their lives according to their knowledge level. At first sight, this human condition may appear as negative. However it is the basis and foundation for morality, state, science, art, religion, constructive-creative life, freedom, responsibility and improving oneself, briefly everything humanly. People`s existence has been established on this basis. The answer to the question of life that only humans have, is arrived at based on the above. Human want to know everything which seeing as a problem: the universe, nature, life, theirself and even the structure of knowledge seeking, briefly everything. At the beginning, there are questions and the answers individually are found to the questions. The answers transferring and becoming widespread through telling have been gathered and settled down over time and human has reached a world design for whole. This was mythology the first enveloping fiction of humans. People found the answer to a number of questions there, the answer was believed to be the truth and living with that faith, myths were kept alive.

On the other hand, research and learning were continuing at a number of places. With accumulating new knowledge, the first steps towards redesigning of a holistic universe were taken in the city of Miletos. Philosophy started at this point. Having started the philosophy, it was supposed that myths would die out. However myths were actually surviving; they were being kept alive by the faithful who had a strong connection to them. Human has no more than one mind: There is only one mind. With it, human made myths, also make philosophy and science. Then, where is the separation point? What changed when passing from myth to philosophy? How did we pass from myth to philosophy? The biggest adventure of humans is in the knowledge. The knowledge adventure reached in myths the first big peak, then began to emerge in philosophy big peaks. If there is but a single mind, how did all this originate?

There is no big difference between mind of people establishing mythology and mind of people establishing science when considering the thinking behind them. Also there is no much separation between the form of thought progeniture the basic structure of the mythos, the form of thought start and develop philosophy at the same period and the form of thought forming the roof of sciences coming up to today beginning with Renaissance. The first place we come across parallels and interactions between mythos, philosophy and science, is Aegean civilizations of antiquity.

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Sinan Özbek, 23.01.2016 The Morality of Tradesmen or Determinative Moralıty in Turkey Intellectuals have been troubled by the existing moral collapse for a long time. The degradation of the media, bribery is rife in the society, nepotism, violence exists in schools, gangs, murders can be arranged for a pittance, and drug addicted youths, violence against women. The attacks against other sexual orientations and paradoxically, the intellectuals dealing with these orientations as the moral corruption. The self-employed who avoids paying taxes. Moral degeneracy is to be included, industrialists do not hesitate to poison the environment and people living there to increase their income. It is possible to expand this list with more stark examples. more ›
Ömer Naci SOYKAN, 15.02.2014 The Return of the Saviour or the Society Whose Future Has Been Stolen Waiting for being rescued by someone else is an immature state of human being. Therefore, this problem is a topic regarding enlightenment. In a state of crisis, people bring the person to power, whom they believe to be able to resolve the crisis and see as a hero. In fact, the person who believes that someone else will realize her/his own dreams, hands over its future to the saviour as well, and destroys him/herself. In this presentation, the conditions and social constructs which can make people mature, and set them free of this wrong tendency are being discussed. more ›
Zeynep DİREK, 19.04.2014 The Beast, the Tree and the Sovereign: Other in Lacan and Derrida What is Derrida’s contribution to political philosophy? Derrida’s deconstruction makes questionable discourses that legitimize and justify the state, civil society, and law. At the first step, it is possible to take Derrida as a critic of the social contract theory. Actually acts constituting the social contract, such as transfer of right (Hobbes), renunciation of a right (Locke), and giving of oneself to a whole (Rousseau) are never historically realized events. more ›
Doğan GÖÇMEN, 17.05.2014 Is There any Meaning to Life? What is Happiness? What creates presence and gives its integrity and meaning? What makes presence moving, live, and dynamic? Is there a common goal orientation of presence as a whole and individuals as existing ones? What is the meaning of presence? Is there any meaning to presence? What is the origin and purpose of presence? Among the existing ones, is there a hierarchy according to their circumstances and shapes? If there is a hierarchy -which seems so-, how should one grasp it and what is the place of human presence among all beings that makes presence? What gives the feature(s) of authenticity to human beings among other beings? Is there a sense of life to/in human being as a living being? What is the meaning of presence? So, is there a criterion for the good life and what is happiness? What does it mean to live consciously? What does it mean to be living morally? more ›
Uluğ NUTKU, 02.02.2013 Belief in God and Philosophy I suppose, the one who adorns hard reality in parallel with an indispensible competent act of interpretation (of the world) is not a scholar, an artist or a philosopher; indeed, s/he is a man of religion. Being a true servant of life, the man of religion is s/he who conveys a certain lifestyle -mostly not by means of speech but through manner- to others. He is a human-porter. Porterage, i.e. forbearance is his/r temperament. The 16th century Anatolian Turkish word for forbearance is götürüm meaning "carrying": "even if you taunt me, even if you scorn me, I will carry you on my shoulders". more ›
HU Department of Philosophy, 12.05.2010 Jean Paul Sartre Symposium In presentations of lecturers participated to Sartre Symposium organized by Hacettepe University Department of Philosophy at 12.05.2010, you can watch discussions on the basic concepts, imagination and freedom, theater and novel, inter-subjectivity in the context of ontological phenomenology, theory of emotion and temporality in Sartre’s philosophy. more ›
Ağalar Memmedov, 24.10.2010 Dysfunctionality of Our Mentality At the begining of last century the denial program was unique. Unfortunately it could not be implemented. Today that program isn’t be continued, they have stood alone in history. There is a astronomic-physical time in nature, an existential time in history. First one works at us, but second have discontinued: our past isn’t passing, our future isn’t coming. Because there isn’t the denial! To live a day in future is more honorable than to live 40 years in past. more ›


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Artum DINC, 05.11.2012

The Likelihood of a Space of Existence for Everyone and Every Segment

Today’s people are born into a world of reality full of various problems. People in many territories of the world are exposed to violence, oppression, and discrimination due to both their different cultural, ethnical, and religious identities also class and gender statuses.


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Artum DINC, 07.07.2014

The Egalitarian Uprising of the Turks in Iran - May 2006

In May 12, 2006 a comic strip story was published in a weekly magazine of Iran News Paper which is belong to The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). “What should we do in order to prevent the activity of cockroaches for transforming us to cockroaches?” was the title of the above mentioned story. In the narration, a boy asks to a cockroach in Persian and the cockroach replies to the child in Turkish. “How can it be possible to be rid of the cockroaches” is described in the course of story. It was evaluated by millions of Turks in Iran as an insulting and exclusion act against them. Despite the heavy costs of the uprising in Iran, however in various villages, towns and cities they condemned and objected to the perpetrators of the issue and wanted to be punished them.


Artum DINC, 11.02.2014

PERSIANIST IRANISM: Persianization Policies in Multi-ethnic Iran

In this issue of bulletin 14 news, 9 analyses, 5 articles, and 2 books are presented, which related with Persianization policies against non-Persian ethnic groups in nowadays Iran.


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Tebriz, İran

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Under current conditions in Iran, which of the following options will seem to be much feasible in regard with non-Persian ethnic groups? You can choose more than one option as well.

The Persianization politics will be successful, and the whole population of Iran will be Persianized.
The Persianization politics will be unsuccessful, and cultural rights of ethnics will be legally protected.
According to the ethnical structure, federal administrative units will be formed.
According to the ethnical structure, independent governments will be formed.


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