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Head of Department : Berna Kılınç
Associate Department Heads: Chrissi Sidiropoulou, Yıldız Silier, Nurbay Irmak
Professors : Murat Baç, Pinar Canevi• *, Johannes Fritsche, İlhan İnan, Berna Kılınç, Stephen Voss, Kenneth Westphal
Associate Professors : Chryssi Sidiropoulou
Assistant Professors : Sun Demirli, Nurbay Irmak, Ali Karatay•*, Yildiz Silier, A. Karanfil Soyhun, İrem Kurtsal Steen, Mark Steen, Lucas Thorpe
The Department offers an M.A. and a Ph.D. program. Both programs are carried out in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Institute of Social Sciences.
Students enrolled in either program are required to take at least one course in each of the four core areas of philosophy which are, 1) metaphysics and epistemology, 2) the history of philosophy, 3) the logic and philosophy of science, and 4) aesthetics, ethics and political philosophy.
MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM
The objective of the M.A. program is to equip the students with advanced and specialized knowledge in the field, and to help them acquire skills for doing research.
This is a two-year program consisting of 24 credit hours of course work spread over two semesters and followed by an M.A. thesis and its oral defense.
Students with a B.A. degree in philosophy are normally eligible for admission to the M.A. program. Students who have undergraduate degrees in other fields may also be admitted. Such applicants are expected, however, to develop skills and knowledge in the core areas of philosophy by taking an additional number of undergraduate courses as part of the M.A. program.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM
The Ph.D. program aims at training and research in various areas of philosophy. The Ph.D. program is open to students holding an M.A. degree in philosophy.
The requirements for the program are: 1) The completion of 24 hours credit course work beyond the M.A., 2) a qualifying examination in two of the four core areas of philosophy, 3) a reading examination in a language other than Turkish and English, related to the topic of the dissertation, 4) a formal proposal of the dissertation, 5) completion of the dissertation, and 6) its oral defense.
The Ph.D. program is open to students holding an M.A. degree in philosophy defense.
PHIL 501 Metaphysics (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
An intensive study of one or a number of major metaphysical issues such as existence, universals and particulars, individuation, identity and essence, events and processes, causation, determinism, space and time.
PHIL 503 Cosmology/ Philosophy of Nature (4+0+0) 4
(Kozmoloji/ Doğa Felsefesi)
A historical and systematic analysis of the concept of nature with special attention upon such issues as the ontological status of natural things, types of change and becoming, necessity and contingency, principles of serial connection and causality, solidarity of the universe.
PHIL 505 Theory of Knowledge (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A comprehensive survey of one or a number of chosen problems such as the nature, limit and source of human knowledge, truth, skepticism, foundationalism and holism, justification, theories of perception, criteria of knowledge and its classification.
PHIL 515 Topics in History of Philosophy (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Felsefe Tarihi Konuları)
An in-depth examination of one or more philosophical schools or major thinkers from any period of the history of philosophy including 20th century.
PHIL 517 Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Çağdaş Felsefe Konuları)
A study of some topic chosen by the instructor in any one or more trends of thought in contemporary philosophy.
PHIL 519 History of Science and Philosophy (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Bilim Tarihi ve Felsefe)
An investigation of the relationship between history of science and philosophy with a special emphasis on the nature of scientific revolutions.
PHIL 522 Mathematical Logic (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A meta-logical study of first-order predicate logic. Recursive functions and decidability. Godel's incompleteness theorems. Second-order predicate logic.
PHIL 524 Philosophy of Natural Sciences (4+0+0) 4
(Doğa Bilimleri Felsefesi)
An examination of central problems in the philosophy of natural sciences with an emphasis on the post-positivist views. Some of the problems to be discussed include methodology and growth of knowledge, structure of scientific theories, explanation, confirmation, and verisimilitude.
PHIL 526 Philosophy of Social Sciences (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Toplum Bilimleri Felsefesi)
An examination of problems raised in the study of human behavior and society. Some of the problems to be discussed include method, objectivity, explanation, individualism and holism.
PHIL 534 Aesthetics (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A study of one or more aesthetic theories developed by such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Schopenhauer, Croce, etc.
PHIL 536 Ethics (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A critical examination of some of the major substantive and meta-ethical systems and their application to concrete moral problems.
PHIL 538 Topics in Political Philosophy (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Politik Felsefe Konuları)
An in-depth study of some of the major issues and controversies in political thought.
PHIL 579 Graduate Seminar (0+1+0) Non-credit ECTS 10
The widening of students' perceptive and awareness of topic of interest to philosophers through seminar offered by faculty, guest speakers and graduate students.
PHIL 580-588, 591-599 Special Topics in Philosophy (4+0+0) 4
(Felsefede Özel Konular)
Study of special topics in philosophy not covered in other courses at the master's level.
PHIL 589 Readings in Philosophy (1+0+0) 1 ECTS 2
Supervised reading in areas of special interest to the student.
PHIL 590 Directed Study (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
Reading and research on a topic of interest chosen by the student and approved by the instructor.
PHIL 601 Plato (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A critical investigation of Plato's philosophical position, tracing its development on the basis of his early, middle and late dialogues.
PHIL 603 Aristotle (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A critical survey of Aristotle's writings on the basis of texts selected from such works as the Physics, Metaphysics, De Anima, and Organon.
PHIL 605 Kant (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
An in-depth analysis of the theoretical and practical employment of pure reason according to Kant.
PHIL 607 Hegel (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
An in depth study of the philosophy of Hegel on the basis of some of the major works of the philosopher.
PHIL 611 Presocratics (4+0+0) 4
An intensive study of presocratic philosophy on the basis of the existing fragments and out standing commentaries.
PHIL 613 Medieval Philosophy (4+0+0) 4
Boethius and St. Augustine on being; St. Anselm and the ontological argument; Abelard and conceptualism; the syntheses of Avicenna, Albert the Great and St. Thomas; Bonaventure and the theological reaction; the criticism of John Duns Scotus; and Ockham on realism.
PHIL 615 Islamic Philosophy (4+0+0) 4
An inquiry into Islamic philosophy on the basis of the works of major philosophers at the Islamic world and with the main problems of the tradition.
PHIL 619 Rationalism (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
An investigation of rationalist principles in terms of the writings and arguments of such thinkers as Descartes and Spinoza.
PHIL 621 British Empiricism (4+0+0) 4
An in depth study of the works of Locke, Berkeley and Hume.
PHIL 623 Idealism (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
An examination of the fundamental principles and concepts of idealistic systems of thought with reference to the works of some major thinkers.
PHIL 625 Existentialism (4+0+0) 4
A survey of the existentialist movement in philosophy starting with Kierkegaard and running through Nietzche, Heidegger and Sartre.
PHIL 627 Phenomenological Analysis (4+0+0) 4ECTS 10
An examination of Husserl's method of phenomenological analysis and its impact upon such thinkers as Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre.
PHIL 629 Marx and Dialectical Materialism (4+0+0) 4
(Marx ve Dialektik Materyalizm)
A study of Marx's philosophical ideas and perspectives with special reference to his contribution to the development of the western philosophical tradition.
PHIL 631 The Analytic Tradition (4+0+0) 4
A topical survey of the analytical school of thought, its principles, problems and influence.
PHIL 635 Naturalism (4+0+0) 4
An in-depth study of selected material with a view to elucidating the fundamental principles and discussions of the naturalistic perspective.
PHIL 637 Contemporary Philosophy (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A discussion of some of the major issues and problems in contemporary philosophy on the basis of selected texts.
PHIL 639 Pragmatism (4+0+0) 4
A study of the philosophical positions of such thinkers as Royce, Pierce, William James and Dewey.
PHIL 642 Philosophy of History (4+0+0) 4
Various epistemological and methodological problems and issues concerning historical knowledge. Comparison between positivist and nonpositivist approaches to history.
PHIL 644 Philosophy of Action (4+0+0) 4
An examination of theories concerning the analysis of human action, intention, describability of action and its ontic consequences, reasons and causes, differences between voluntary and merely intentional action, freedom of the will and responsibility.
PHIL 646 Philosophy of Religion (4+0+0) 4
A philosophical discussion of some of the pervading problems and concepts of religious though and doctrine.
PHIL 648 Philosophy of Language (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A detailed examination of various aspects of contemporary philosophy of language. Theories of meaning, reference, sentential form, the relation of meaning to truth, topics such as mental representation, speech acts, and the ontological dimensions of meaning.
PHIL 652 Philosophy of Mind (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
An in depth study of recent developments in the philosophy of mind such as behaviorism, central-state materialism, functionalism, problems of supervenience, representation and content.
PHIL 654 Philosophy of Mathematics (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
The existence of mathematical entities, their nature and knowledge. Some of the positions to be studied include logicism, intuitionism and formalism.
PHIL 656 Philosophy of Physics (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
Philosophical and foundational problems arising in the context of physical theories such as quantum mechanics and relativity theories.
PHIL 658 Philosophy of Life (4+0+0) 4
An inquiry into the philosophical positions of such thinkers as Bergson, Nietzsche, Santayana and Dewey with a view to articulating the problems involved in the conceptualization of lived experience.
PHIL 662 Philosophy in the East (4+0+0) 4
(Uzak Doğu Felsefeleri)
An overall study of various examples of philosophical thought in the Far East.
PHIL 664 Philosophy in Literature (4+0+0) 4
A discussion of literary expressions of philosophical ideas on the basis of selected works of literature.
PHIL 668 Postmodernism in Philosophy (4+0+0) 4
A study of the philosophical principles and objectives of Postmodernist trends of thought.
PHIL 674 Topics in the Philosophy of Science (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Bilim Felsefesi Konuları)
An in-depth study of some of the major issues and controversies in the philosophy of science.
PHIL 676 Topics in Logic (4+0+0) 4
An examination of one or more topics such as modal logic, many-valued logic, free logic and the like, and philosophical problems that arise in connection with them.
PHIL 678 Topics in Aesthetics (4+0+0) 4
A study and discussion of some of the major issues in Aesthetic theory.
PHIL 682 Freedom and Determinism (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Özgürlük ve Determinizm)
An examination of the problem of human freedom and determinism in relation to action and intention, taking into consideration the metaphysical and/or moral implications.
PHIL 684 Philosophical Methods (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
A discussion and elucidation of the fundamental methods of philosophical thought and the modes of philosophical expression.
PHIL 689 Studies in Philosophy (1+0+0) 1 ECTS 2
Guided readings on topics related to the individual research interest of the student.
PHIL 580-588, 591-599 Special Topics in Philosophy (4+0+0) 4 ECTS 10
(Felsefede Özel Konular)
Study of special topics in philosophy not covered in other courses at the master's level.
PHIL 690 Master's Thesis ECTS 30
(Yüksek Lisans Tezi)
Proposal and completion of a research project on a topic of the student's special interest under the supervision of a thesis director.
PHIL 790 Doctoral Dissertation ECTS 30
Design and completion of a major research project under the supervision of a dissertation advisor on a specific topic in the area of a specialization selected in accordance with particular interest of the student.