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 Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), A
                          Philosopher Giving a Lecture on the Orrery, in
                          which a Lamp is put in place of the Sun, c.
                          1766, Derby Museum and Art Gallery

About the Department

Since its inception in 2002, the department of philosophy has become a center of excellence in philosophical education and research, and has a distinguished record of published philosophy papers per faculty member in high ranking international journals, and books with international publishers. The department is ranked #1 in Turkey in terms of publications and citations.

We are an internationally diverse department with up to eight different nationalities represented on our faculty list. Members of the department received their doctoral degrees from places such as Princeton University, Cornell University, London School of Economics, and Oxford University.

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.

If you want to find out what the official Bilkent University catalog says about us, click here.

Detailed contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.


Applications for Masters in Philosophy

We are now accepting  applications for the M.A. in Philosophy (for those starting the degree in Fall 2016).

Up to five successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend a semester at Australian National University.  In addition successful applicants will receive a comprehensive scholarship (tuition waiver, accommodation and stipend).

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. The language of instruction for all courses is English.

Admission requirements and online application can be found here. *

Philosophy and non-philosophy majors are encouraged to apply. We also warmly welcome applications from international students.

* International students may take the written exam remotely and complete the interview via skype.


New Appointments

Nazım Keven (PhD, WUSTL Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program) - Nazım's main area of research is the philosophy of mind, with a particular focus on the nature of memory, reasoning, emotions and the self. He has a forthcoming target article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, as well as articles in Synthese and Hippocampus.

David Kovacs (PhD, Cornell) - David's primary area of research is metaphysics and philosophy of mind. He has publications in Mind, Philosophical Quarterly, and Ratio.

Rina Tzinman (PhD, Miami) - Rina's main area of research is metaphysics and philosophy of mind, with a particular emphasis on person identity.


About the Department

Since its inception in 2002, the department of philosophy has become a center of excellence in philosophical education and research, and has a distinguished record of published philosophy papers per faculty member in high ranking international journals, and books with international publishers. The department is ranked #1 in Turkey in terms of publications and citations.

We are an internationally diverse department with up to eight different nationalities represented on our faculty list. Members of the department received their doctoral degrees from places such as Princeton University, Cornell University, London School of Economics, and Oxford University.

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.

If you want to find out what the official Bilkent University catalog says about us, click here.

Detailed contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.


Studying at Bilkent

We offer a B.A. degree and a M.A. degree in philosophy. (We also have a philosophy minor program for Bilkent students majoring in non-philosophy subjects.)

The aim of the department is threefold:

  1. By exploring influential philosophical arguments and ways of arguing, the department intends to impart upon the students the intellectual resources to discern lines of thought and courses of action that are defensible as opposed to ill-considered;
  2. The department aims to foster background capabilities---self-reliance, judging well when decision-making, creativity in problem-solving, adaptability, and argumentative acumen---that complement and are essential to the good use of vocational skills;
  3. By investigating abstract problems and arguments in depth and by adopting an analytic stance, the department aims to provide students with a solid platform from which to pursue graduate studies in philosophy.

The curriculum is broad based in that the students are required to complete courses in a number of academic fields other than philosophy, i.e., physics, biology, computers, mathematics, statistics, economics, languages, literature, and history. Because the curriculum provides each student with a substantive grounding in these fields, the student is able to constructively challenge the way they are practiced from a position of authority rather than from a position of hearsay. The philosophy courses on their own provide a sufficient basis from which to pursue graduate work in philosophy. As a result, the critical mass of philosophical understanding is established whilst at the same time each student's future career options are not foreclosed due to over-specialization at an early stage.

The department places a premium upon:

  • discussion-based class work, encouraging the students to be actively part of the learning experience;
  • essay-based assessment (complemented by a drafting process and a series of essay tutorials);
  • tutorials and ongoing feedback;
  • trusting the students to come to terms with the original texts, rather than asking them to work from watered-down commentaries on those texts;
  • the development of each student's ability to pursue independent research (culminating in the fourth year where a thesis is completed on a chosen topic under the supervision of a faculty member);
  • observing non-academic organizations -- think-tanks, human rights organizations, NGOs, charities, marketing and advertisement companies, law firms, newspapers, magazines, broadcasting companies, publishing houses, etc. -- in their original setting (via two, month-long summer training sessions).

About Bilkent

Bilkent is the leading establishment of higher education in Turkey in terms of criteria such as faculty publication record, research facilities, and undergraduate student profile:

  • It has the largest number of refereed publications (per faculty member) appearing in respected international journals.
  • It has a generous budget for library acquisitions and computer facilities.
  • It admits students who score the highest on the annual nationwide university entrance examination.

Contact Information

Detailed Bilkent information for visitors here.

Telephone
90-312-2901072
FAX
90-312-2664528
Postal address
Department of Philosophy, FA Building, Bilkent University, Bilkent, Ankara 06800, Turkey
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