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Closing Session and Certificate Ceremony of Medeniyet Readings


Delivered by Prof. Ayhan Çitil and Assoc. Prof. Baha Zafer under the direction of Prof. İhsan Fazlıoğlu, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Medeniyet Readings of the academic year 2018-2019 will be closing this year with its final session and certificate ceremony on 25 June 2019.

In the first eight-session section of the seminar given under the theme ‘Narrative and Interpretation: Modern Science and its Philosophy’, Assoc. Prof. Baha Zafer investigated the rise of modern science constructed by the likes of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, and Leibniz as well as the Newtonian system that systematized these developments around a methodology by focusing on concepts such as matter, motion, time and space. In the second section consisting of another eight sessions, Prof. Ayhan Çitil discussed modern philosophical-scientific cognition, focusing on Kant’s philosophy and its aftermath.

Following the closing session on 25 June 2019, certificates will be handed out to those participants who have attended at least 70 percent of the sessions in a ceremony, to which the Honourable Rector Prof. Gülfettin Çelik will be participating.

Upon the completion of the seminar that have spanned over approximately nine months, the following topics will have been thoroughly investigated.


25 October 2018          Establishment of Classical Cosmological Concept

01 November 2018      Change – Motion – Establishment of Mechanics

15 November 2018      Establishment of Calculus

29 November 2018      Space – Time

06 December 2018      Force – Mass – Impenetrability (Descartes-Gassendi) - Geometry

13 December 2018      Establishment of Experimental Philosophy

27 December 2018      Determinism – Laplace – Statistics – Probable Universe

03 January 2019          Heat – Thermodynamics


21 February 2019         The concepts of finitude-infinitude, contiguity-incontiguity according to classical theology, mathematics and physics

07 March 2019              Transformation of the concepts of infinity, matter and knowledge from antiquity to modern age

21 March 2019              Space, time, motion and the grounding of the individual in modern metaphysics

04 April 2019                 The background of the critical project and Kant on mathematics

18 April 2019                 Transcendental deduction and Kant on theoretical physics

13 June 2019                Transcendental dialectics and Kant’s critique of metaphysics

20 June 2019                 From transcendental metaphysics to theoretical physics: Metaphysical grounds of natural science

25 June 2019                 Limits of Kant’s sense of mathematics and theoretical physics