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CPP Colloquium with Faik Kurtulmus, Istanbul: The Epistemic Basic Structure

  • Faik Kurtulmus (Istanbul)
Thursday 11 May 2017
CPP Colloquia 2015-2016 & 2016-2017
Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by

Faik Kurtulmus (Sabanci University, Turkey)

The Epistemic Basic Structure


The epistemic basic structure of a society is the set of institutions that have the greatest impact on individuals’ opportunity to obtain knowledge on questions they have an interest in as citizens and individuals. It comprises of the institutions that have a central role in the production and dissemination of knowledge and in ensuring that people have the capability to assimilate what is disseminated by providing them with the necessary educational background and intellectual skills. The epistemic basic structure of a society includes institutions of science and education, universities and research centers, media, public libraries, museums, government agencies, and civil society organizations. In my talk, I will first argue that given (a) the significance of knowledge for deliberation about the individual and the common good and how to pursue them, and (b) its role in the effective pursuit of justice, Rawlsian political philosophers should concede that how the epistemic basic structure of a society is organized is a matter of justice. I will then discuss some of the issues that come under the purview of justice when the importance of knowledge and the epistemic basic structure of a society are acknowledged. 

About Faik Kurtulmus

Faik Kurtulmus is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabancı University, Turkey. He received his DPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford. He is interested in issues that lie at the intersection of social epistemology and political philosophy, such as questions of justice in the distribution of knowledge and the role of science in democratic societies. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Episteme, Utilitas, Political Studies and Journal of Medical Ethics.

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See http://hum.leiden.edu/philosophy/cpp/ for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Dorota Mokrosinska at d.m.mokrosinska@phil.leidenuniv.nl

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