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
, Philosophy in Review
, pli: Warwick Journal of Philosophy
, New Formations
,Theory, Culture & Society
, The Journal of Value Inquiry
, The Review of Metaphysics
, Radical Philosophy
, Theory & Event
, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture
,Cosmos & History
, Cultural Studies
, New Review of Film and Television Studies
, Cultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice
, Media Theory
, Philosophy East and West
, and The Cincinnati Romance Review
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.
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
Work Shared in CORE
- “Life and Actuality: On Placing Possibility in Hegel’s Modal Metaphysics.”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 17.3, 2021, pp. 171-195.
- “Anja Jauernig, The World According to Kant: Appearances and Things in Themselves in Critical Idealism. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press 2021, xii+380 pp.”, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 65.4 vol. 103, no. 4, 2021, pp. 764-769. https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2021-2023
- “Reason and Experience in Mendelssohn and Kant by Paul Guyer, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020, viii + 361 pp., €41.85 ($50.00) (hbk), ISBN: 9780198850335 Ekin Erkan Pages 268-274”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 29.2 (2021), pp. 268-274.
- “Étienne Balibar, On Universals: Constructing and Deconstructing Community”, Philosophy Today 65.4 (2021), pp. 971-978.
- “Reason and Experience in Mendelssohn and Kant”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 29.2 (2021), pp. 268-274.
- “Barwich, A. S. (2020). Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind”, Perception (2021), pp. 1-3.
- “Westphal, Kenneth, Kant’s Critical Epistemology: Why Epistemology Must Consider Judgment First”, Argumenta 12 (2021), pp. 366-373.
- “Béatrice Longuenesse and Ned Block Vide Kant”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 17.1 (2021), pp 405-452.
- “Kant’s Transcendental Deduction: A Cosmology of Experience”, Philosophy in review 14.1 (2021), pp. 29-36.
- “Mentality and Object: Computational and Cognitive Diachronic Emergence”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 16.2 (2020), pp. 296-356.
- “A Promethean Philosophy of External Technologies, Empiricism, & the Concept: Second-Order Cybernetics, Deep Learning, and Predictive Processing”, Media Theory Journal 4.1 (2020), pp. 87–146.
- “Nahum Brown, Hegel on Possibility: Dialectics, Contradiction, and Modality”, pli: Warwick Journal of Philosophy 32 (2020).
- “The Post-Cinematic Gesture: Redhack”, Zapruder World: An international journal for the history of social conflict 6 (2020).
- “The Inhuman Overhang: On Differential Heterogenesis and Multi-Scalar Modeling”, La Deleuziana 11 (2020), pp. 202–235.
- “Freedom, Resentment, and the Metaphysics of Morals by Pamela Hieronymi (review)”, The Review of Metaphysics 74.1 (2020), pp. 150-153.
- “The First Person in Cognition and Morality by Béatrice Longuenesse (review)”, The Review of Metaphysics 73.4 (2020), pp. 846-848.
- “Béatrice Longuenesse, I, Me, Mine: Back to Kant and Back Again“, Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20.3 (2020), pp. 513-516.
- “Morphing Intelligence: From IQ Measurement to Artificial Brains”, Chiasma: An international journal of theory and philosophy 6:1 (2020), pp. 248-260.
- “Cinema/politics/philosophy”, New Review of Film and Television Studies 18:3 (2020).
- “Yuk Hui’s Axio-Cosmology of the Unknown: Genesis and the Inhuman”, New Formations 100-101, pp. 209-213 (2020).
- “Analytical vs Ontological: Gilbert Ryle & the Question of Behaviorism”, Triple Ampersand (2020).
- “The Post-Human Media Semblance: Predictive Catastrophism”, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 36 (2020).
- “Post-Continental Naturalism: Equipollence between Science and Ontological Pluralism”, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 36 (2020).
- “Tristan Garcia’s Electric Ontology: Thought and its Deracinated Image”, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 36 (2020).
- “Physics Avoidance & Cooperative Semantics: Inferentialism and Mark Wilson’s Engagement with Naturalism Qua Applied Mathematics”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 16:1 (2020), pp 560–644.
- “Against the Virtual: Kleinherenbrink’s Externality Thesis and Deleuze’s Machine Ontology”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 16:1 (2020), pp 492–559.
- “Apperceptive Patterning: Artefaction, Extensional Beliefs and Cognitive Scaffolding”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 16:1 (2020), pp 225–278.
- “Jonathan Gilmore: Apt Imaginings, Feelings for Fictions and Other Creatures of the Mind”, The Journal of Value Inquiry (2020), pp 1-9.
- “From organic subjectivity to internal reality”, Radical Philosophy 2.7 (2020), pp 119–122.
- “Review of Alain Badiou, The Pornographic Age”, Theory, Culture & Society (2020).
- “The Depth Conditions of Possibility: The Data Episteme”, Theory & Event 23.2 (2020), pp 496–500.
- “Jean-Louis Schefer’s The Ordinary Man of Cinema”, Comparative Cinema 8:14 (2020), pp 82–85.
- “Dependence, Addiction and Arrest: A Eulogy to Stiegler by Ekin Erkan”, Media Theory Journal (2020).
- “On New Authoritarianism and its Historical Ontology: A review of David Renton’s The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the Right”, Barricade (2020).
- “Review of Failure, and Discussion with Neta Alexander, by Ekin Erkan”, Media Theory Journal (2020).
- “Animality, Metaethical Judgments and Predictive Justice”, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture (2020; online).
- “The Call of Being: On Pure Phenomenality and Radical Immanence”, Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics 21.2 (2020), pp 197–203.
- “On Action-Oriented Predictive Patterning”, Plutonics: A Journal of Non-Standard Theory 13 (2020), pp 91–97.
- “Omnicide: Mania, Fatality, and Future-in-Delirium (review)”, Philosophy East and West 69.4 (2020), pp 3–6.
- “Laruelle Qua Stiegler: On Non-Marxism and the Transindividual”, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture 16.1-2 (Summer – Winter 2019), pp 48–66.
- “European Cinema and Continental Philosophy: Film as Thought Experiment”, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media 18 (2019), pp 232–238.
- “On Laruelle and the Radical Dyad: Katerina Kolozova’s Materialist Non-Humanism”, Cultural Logic: Marxist Theory & Practice 23 (2019), pp 72-82.
- “Technology as the God-Command”, Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics 21:1 (2019), pp 201-206.
- “David Lapoujade’s Powers of Time”, Media Theory (2019)
- “Psychopower and Ordinary Madness: Reticulated Dividuals in Cognitive Capitalism”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 15:1 (2019), pp 214-241.
- “Unveiling Thomas Moynihan’s Spinal Catastrophism: The Spine Considered as a Chronogenetic Media Artifact”, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 15:1 (2019), pp 564-571.
- “Review of Media heterotopias: digital effects and material labor in global film production”, New Review of Film and Television Studies,(2019).
- “Control societies and machine ecology”, Cultural Studies, 33:6 (2019).
- “Societies of Disindividuated Hyper-Control: On the Question of a New Pharmakon”, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 35 (2019).
- “Cryptophasia and the Question of Database”, Triple Ampersand, (2019).
- “The Generic Unmasked: Reproducibility and Profanation”, Triple Ampersand, (2019).
- “Review of François Laruelle’s A Biography of Ordinary Man: On Authorities and Minorities”, Cincinnati Romance Review, 46 (2019).
- “Arrest: the Politics and Transcendence of Aesthetic Arrest Qua Protest”, AEQAI.
- “Aleatory Aesthetics: Appraising the Aesthetics of Change in Gerhard Richter’s Cave Paintings”, AEQAI.
- See author’s website
- See author’s art criticism
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 ConferencesJuly 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
Speaker, Thomas Demand’s “Pacific Sun”; Dr. Jonathan B. Riess Annual Colloquium, University of Dayton
Speaker, Gerhard Richter and Thomas Demand: Inverted Photo-projection; Architecture and Media Conference, University of Cincinnati
Organizer, Love, D. A Celebration of Douglas Crimp: Gregg Bordowitz; Craig Owens Memorial Lecture, University of Rochester
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