MemberCaroline Lura

I hold master‘s degrees in theater studies (Theaterwissenschaft) and editorial studies (Editionswissenschaft). In recent years I have worked for research projects located at the The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, assisting in the scholarly – and largely digital – editions of “Wilhelm von Humboldt: Writings on Linguistics“, “The Collected Works of Immanuel Kant – New Editions, Revisions and Completion” and “The Complete Works of Marx and Engels”. My research experience & interests include(s): critical editions, digital editing, text encoding and research data management. Furthermore, I did research on the philosophy of art, aesthetic theory, avantgarde performance, improvisation, artistic freedom and the dialectics of limits and liberation (Kant, Hegel, Foucault, Derrida).

MemberEkin Erkan

…23, 2021
Speaker, On Conceptualizing the Binding Problem through a Naturalized Kantian Framework; 24th Annual Texas State University Phi Sigma Tau Student Phil…
…y 65.4 (2021), pp. 971-978.
“Reason and Experience in Mendelssohn and Kant”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 29.2 (2021), pp. 2…

Ekin Erkan is a Turkish philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind, perception, science, language, and technology, notable for their research on Kant and the philosophy of mind. Erkan’s work is currently situated on the connection between Kant’s transcendental unity of apperception/original synthetic unity of apperception and the ‘association of ideas’ per Kant’s general and formal logic, parsing how Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason proffers a novel program for the philosophy of mind—particularly insofar as the binding of percepts is concerned. Insofar as the study of Kant and the philosophy of mind is concerned, Erkan is interest in expressivist approaches to the first person “I think”, and parsing between the apperceptive “I think”/transcendental “I think” and empirical “I think”, while exploring the conditions for higher-order thought vis-a-vis empirical content. Erkan thus draws from Béatrice Longuenesse, Katharina Kraus, Tim Henning, Tobias Rosefeldt, Anja Jauernig, and other working on the transcendental unity of apperception. Erkan is currently working on a research project that demonstrates how Kant theorized a nascent version of the higher-order thought (HOT) later formalized by David Rosenthal. Insofar as the philosophy of mind is concerned, Erkan is, broadly speaking, interested in indirect realism and phenomenal overflow, thus bridging Ned Block’s work with that of Kant. Erkan also works in empirical philosophy, particularly the philosophy of memory and perception, with a focus on olfaction and olfactory processing (following the work of those like Stuart Firestein and Ann-Sophie Barwich). Erkan has also recently been working on Hegel’s ‘das Logische’, drawing from Angelica Nuzzo, Elena Ficara, and Karen Ng to work through the presuppositionless opening through the Actuality chapter, thus prodding different renderings of Hegel’s logic (including non-classical logics, modal logic, and formal logic) in the service of modal metaphysics. Erkan is also inspired, albeit somewhat critical of, Brandomian incompatibility semantics and inferentialism as a Fregelian program that helps bring light to that which formal logic evades (normativity), yet Erkan also hopes to supplement Brandom, whom Erkan charges (alongside Houlgate, Nuzzo, Di Giovanni, and other textualist readers of Hegel) as eluding the a priori categories of thinking and being inherent to the Logic. Recently, Erkan has been researching Catarina Dutilh Novaes’ work on de-semantification and its compatibility, or incompatability, with theories of extended mind (although Erkan is widely critical of vehicle externalism). Erkan considers themselves to be a Sellarsian and considers Wilfrid Sellars to be one of the most important historical influences on his work on Kant (albeit Erkan has published articles that problematize Sellars’ flattening Kant’s conception of imagination with the understanding in Sellars’ review of the Schematism section of the Transcendental Analytic). Although Erkan deeply admires the work of Brandom and McDowell, Erkan’s heart is with the so-called “right-wing Sellarsians” Johanna Seibt, Jay Rosenberg, and David Rosenthal (albeit Erkan considers the label “right-wing Sellarsian” odd, as there is little “right-wing” about staking science as the measure of all things). Insofar as the philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience is concerned, Erkan is inspired by the Right-Sellarsian naturalist project, and takes the Churchlands’ program of neurophilosophy seriously. Having been raised by two physicians, one of whom was a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, Erkan’s writing on the philosophy of perception and philosophy of mind/cognitive science keeps empirical philosophy, particularly neuroscience and perceptual psychology, close at hand. Erkan hopes to continue their work on empirical philosophy by further engaging the philosophical study of olfaction, prodding the philosophy of perception away from visuo-centric models. Background Erkan has published over 50 articles in various journals. Broadly speaking, Erkan’s work examines the collective closure between neural networks, predictive processing, and perceptual faculties as they relate to machine intelligence, perception, memory, and consciousness. Erkan has a background in German Idealism, the philosophy of mind and aesthetics, supplemented by graduate research in perception and memory. Despite originally publishing primarily within aesthetics and the philosophy of art/film, Erkan’s more recent work has squarely been in philosophy of cognitive science, mind, perception and Kant/post-Kantian German Idealism. Erkan also is a columnist and critic at the art and literature journal AEQAI, publishing monthly contributions on contemporary art and cinema. Amongst Erkan’s published articles, Erkan has written extensively vehicle externalism, Andy Clark and David Chalmers’ extended mind, Ned Block’s non-iconic memory and phenomenology of perception and mental paint, Robert Brandom’s strong inferentialism vs. Paul Redding’s weak inferentialism, and, more broadly, the Right-wing Sellarsian vs. Left-wing Sellarsian philosophical debates. Erkan’s writing, drawing from an eliminative materialist tendency and the neurophilosophy of the Churchlands and Ann-Sophia Barwich, comports with Right-wing Sellarsian naturalism; however, Erkan is deeply interested in Hegel (specifically’s Hegel mature philosophy), and in this regard, also engages with left-Sellarsian thought. Erkan’s articles have been published in peer-reviewed publications including Axiomathes, International Journal of Philosophical Studies,PerceptionPhilosophy in Reviewpli: Warwick Journal of PhilosophyNew Formations,Theory, Culture & SocietyThe Journal of Value InquiryThe Review of MetaphysicsRadical PhilosophyTheory & EventIdentities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture,Cosmos & HistoryAlphavilleCultural StudiesNew Review of Film and Television StudiesChiasmaRhizomesLabyrinthCultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & PracticeMedia TheoryPhilosophy East and West, and The Cincinnati Romance Review. Global Research Erkan worked with Giacomo Gilmozzi on Bernard Stiegler’s United Nations 2020 World Summit initiative “Internation.World.” With the support of the New Centre of Research & Practice, Erkan contributed to research on neuro-inferential Bayesian cognitive architecture in the Summer of 2020. Activism Erkan has published extensively on Oktay Ince, a video activist/filmmaker whose work, spanning the last twenty years, was recently confiscated by Turkish authorities after being taken into police custody on May 30, 2019. Ince had raised suspicions after attempting to organize a protest in front of a courthouse in the capital of Ankara concerning the arrest and imprisoning of leftist activists, teachers, and artists in Turkey; Ince was quickly arrested. A month prior to his arrest, Ince had organized a protest in Izmir with a local feminist collective and was arrested once again, labelled a “terrorist” and charged with “insulting the president.” Following his most recent arrest, Ince has had his entire video archive confiscated by the Turkish state. Erkan’s writing on the unwarranted arrest, activism, and video art of Incay can be found here. 

MemberMichael Saman

My research focuses on German literary and intellectual history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and on intersections of German and Africana intellectual culture.
My current work in progress includes a book manuscript on classical German thought in W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk; studies of the reception of Kant in Goethe’s late literary and scientific work; a study of intertextuality and systemic closure in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit; a comparative methodological study of the thought of Goethe and of Lévi-Strauss; and a contextualization of the work of Kraftwerk within postwar German politics and aesthetics.
I have been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Foundation, and have taught at Princeton University, UCLA, Brown University, the College of William & Mary, and the College of the Holy Cross.

MemberMark Cheetham

…: Infection, Resistance, and Cure since the ’60s. Cambridge UP, 2006.
Kant, Art, and Art History: Moments of Discipline. Cambridge UP, 2001. [Paperbac…

My research centres on the imbrications of artwriting and art making in the modern and contemporary periods. I have written books and articles on abstract art, the reception of Immanuel Kant’s thinking in the visual arts and the discipline of art history, on art historical methodology, and on recent Canadian and international art. The historiography and methodology of art history and the field of Visual Culture Studies is an ongoing research interest, as is contemporary art in Canada and abroad, from both curatorial and academic perspectives. Much of my current work is on ecoart and GeoAesthetics. I am the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute Fellowship, a University of Toronto Connaught Research Fellowship and Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship in the Humanities, several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grants, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Western Ontario, 1998), and the Northrop Frye Award for teaching (University of Toronto, 2006). In 2006, I received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association of America for “Matting the Monochrome: Malevich, Klein, & Now,” and in 2008, the Curatorial Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, for “The Transformative Abstraction of Robert Houle,” in Robert Houle: Troubling Abstraction. Exh. Cat. McMaster University Art Gallery, Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), 2007. My co-curated exhibition Jack Chambers: The Light From the Darkness / Silver Paintings and Film Work was awarded “Exhibition of the Year” (a juried prize) by the Ontario Assoc. of Art Galleries, 2011. I was the principal investigator on a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant titled CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training), 2013-17. is our (now archived) website.

MemberDr Ramesh Singh Pal

3.      R. S. Pal, Anuradha Bhartiya, R. Arun Kumar, Lakshmi Kant, J P Aditya and J K Bisht (2016) Impact of dehulling and germination on nut…

Dr. Ramesh Singh Pal is an author and an agriculture scientist from Uttarakhand, India. He is the author of the books “Apana Swaroop” based on spirituality, Apana Swaroop: nobody is ever happy, somebody is never happy and Spiritual Wisdom: Guaranteed Prescription of Success & Happiness. His book titled “Spiritual Wisdom: Guaranteed Prescription of Success & Happiness” was released in 2020. He works as a scientist for ICAR-Vivekananda institute for Hill agriculture, Almora. He is also a speaker on Hindu philosophy and spirituality, a meditation enthusiast, and a trainer.