About

Ekin Erkan is a Turkish philosopher and art critic 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 is inspired by “strongly” epistemological vs. metaphysical readings of Kant scholars like Béatrice Longuenesse, Katharina Kraus, Tim Henning, Tobias Rosefeldt, Anja Jauernig, Lucy Allais and others. Erkan is currently working on a interested in Kant’s conception of obscure and clear representations and a its relationship with the higher-order thought (HOT) later formalized by David Rosenthal vs. inner sense theories. Insofar as the philosophy of mind is concerned, Erkan is, broadly speaking, interested in indirect realism and phenomenal overflow, especially the work of Ned Block. Erkan also is interested in empirical philosophy and neurophilosophy, 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 is also interested in Hegel’s ‘das Logische’ and those interested in dialetheism, including Greg Moss, Elena Ficara, Richard Dien Winfield (with a particular interest in Hegel’s ‘das Logische’ and its relation to non-classical logics, modal logic, and formal logic). 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 articles, book reviews, and commentaries. Broadly speaking, Erkan’s work is interested in 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 has also worked as a columnist and art critic, publishing 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 articles have been published in peer-reviewed publications including  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 modeling in the Summer of 2020.

Activism

Erkan has worked in Turkey as an activist. 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. 

Education

Current, Philosophy

Spring 2019 – 2020

Post-Graduate study, Critical Philosophy, The New Centre for Research & Practice

+ Teaching Assistant Fellowship + Rapporteur for Sites of Cinema (#735)

+ Researcher for Prof. Thomas Elsaesser

Fall 2013 – Spring 2018

B.A., Major in Art History, Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, DAAP (Cincinnati, OH)

B.A., University of Rochester, Political Science & Philosophy (Rochester, NY)

+Dean’s List, 4.0 GPA (for all semesters)

+ Summa Cum Laude with Highest Distinctions

Other Publications


Translations

Tribute to Thomas Elsaesser

Projects

“Internation.World” by Ars Industrialis and Institut de recherche et d’innovation (spearheaded by Bernard Stiegler & Giacomo Gilmozzi)

“The centenary of the League of Nations is on Friday 10th January 2020. In response, we are launching an international critical discussion to send a memorandum to the United Nations with the aim of creating an internation. An internation is an agreement between different localities working together in order to invent and to experiment with a new macro-economic model more likely to address the urgent challenges of the Anthropocene.”

On the Arrest of Oktay Ince: Activism for Turkish Video Artist and Political Voice

In Turkey, the amorphous term “terrorist” has adopted folk-lore speculative projections: from a baklava magnate to journalist dissenters and high school teachers, from professors to artists, the unpredictability of being labeled a “terrorist” blankets all such dissenters who dare problematize the ruling AK Party/President Erdoğan. One such case is that of Oktay Ince, a video activist/filmmaker whose work, spanning the last twenty years, was recently confiscated by Turkish authorities after his most recent arrest/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; he was quickly arrested. Similarly, a month prior, Ince had organized a protest in Izmir and was arrested once again, labelled a “terrorist” and charged with “insulting the president.” The state’s response soon began to appear pathological. Ekin Erkan and other Turkish academics, writers, and intellectuals have worked to spread awareness regarding the unlawful arrest of Oktay Ince, with hopes of helping Ince recover his video archive.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

July 21, 2021

Invited Respondent, Book Panel: Hegel on Possibility, The Society for Systematic Philosophy

May 18-21        Speaker, Olfactory Semantics and Cognitive Handles; Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science—Linguistic and cognitive foundations of meaning Dubrovnik Conferences on Cognitive Science

 

May 14, 2021

Speaker, Thought as Determination: Bestimmung des Menschen, Fichte’s Measuring Device and Hegel’s Debt; The North American Fichte Society Early Career Researcher Workshop

April 23, 2021

Speaker, On Conceptualizing the Binding Problem through a Naturalized Kantian Framework; 24th Annual Texas State University Phi Sigma Tau Student Philosophy Symposium

 

February 26-27, 2021

Speaker, Artificial Generative Intelligence and Externalization; Rutgers University

 

July 15, 2020

Lecturer, On Predictive Processing and Second-Order Cybernetics; Arter Araştırma Programı Istanbul, Turkey

November 22-23, 2019

Speaker, Technology and the God-Command; “Voices” – Italian Graduate Society Conference, Rutgers University

April 5-6, 2019

Speaker, Poto and Cabengo: Beyond Lev Manovich’s Database Logic; “39th Cincinnati Conference on Romance & Arabic Languages and Literatures,” University of Cincinnati

 

March 28, 2019

Speaker, On Cryptophasia; Medusa Graduate Conference (Linguistic/Anthropology Graduate Student Union), University of Toronto

 

February 15, 2019

Speaker, Radical Cryptophasia; “‘The Re/active Image’: 2019 NYU Cinema Studies Student Conference,” New York University

April 2017

Speaker, Thomas Demand’s “Pacific Sun”; Dr. Jonathan B. Riess Annual Colloquium, University of Dayton

 

April 2017

Speaker, Gerhard Richter and Thomas Demand: Inverted Photo-projection; Architecture and Media Conference, University of Cincinnati

December 2015

Organizer, Love, D. A Celebration of Douglas Crimp: Gregg Bordowitz; Craig Owens Memorial Lecture, University of Rochester

Memberships

Ars Industrialis

Pharmakon.fr

The New Centre for Research & Practice

Internation.World

Institut de recherche et d’innovation

AEQAI

Columbia

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