Fourth International Philosophy Congress
Poverty, Solidarity and Justice
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
13-15 October 2016
Bursa – Turkey
The Philosophy Department at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Uludağ University was established in the academic year 1990-1991 and offers undergraduate and graduate programs (both MA and PhD.) The department which achieved an honorable status with its young and dynamic staff among the philosophy departments in Turkey, continues to publish Kaygı, the biannual journal of The Philosophy Department, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Uludağ University. The Philosophy Department has its current position at the end of a 20-years process during which many professors and lecturers contributed to department’s institutionalization. The Department has organized First International Philosophy Congress in 2010 in honor of its 20th year of establishment, Second International Philosophy Congress on the theme of “City and Philosophy” during 11-13 October in 2012 and Third International Philosophy Congress on the theme of “Tradition, Democracy and Philosophy” during 23-25 October 2014. The theme of the Forth International Philosophy Congress has been specified as “Poverty, Solidarity and Justice” and the congress will be held during 13-15 October 2016.
The congress has been organized to show that philosophy retains its up-to-dateness in the context of today’s events, to provide a ground for thinking about how philosophy’s and philosopher’s attitudes should be towards world’s problems and to generate a broad view of today’s popularly uttered topics/concepts of poverty, solidarity and justice. Every day in television programs, newspapers and the speeches of politicians, we come up with a number of discussions specifically about justice. However, when a word, subject or concept is uttered too much, it is usually getting decontextualized. This situation brings a danger. When the content of a concept is removed, it becomes possible that some people fill it arbitrarily and thus masses get open to be led by others. Philosophers shoulder great responsibility to prevent decontextualization of concepts. We have felt ourselves responsible to organize this congress in order to rethink these concepts, to provide new perspectives and thus to see and show the role of philosophy in handling problems and we have decided to get into the struggle of establishing a philosophical ground for politics.
“Poverty, Solidarity and Justice”
When current discussions are taken into account it is clearly recognized that justice is a concept popularly discussed, written and thought about. However it is possible to see that when justice is discussed, the concept is considered out of its context and without content. The concept of justice is commonly used in relation with poverty. Poverty, a problem of all ages, is standing as one of the basic problems of our age. Today, as many people are uttering the phrase of “violent capitalism” poverty is believed to be a problem that has to be overcome. In this sense, it is generally admitted that urgent measures have to be taken to establish a just distribution of income across the countries and worldwide. As injustice can be encountered in all areas of human life, the idea of justice arising from injustice has become a subject/concept of more and more importance that should be thought of seriously as an assurance of living all together. Therefore in all areas of life, solidarity and the spirit of solidarity should be universalized. Here, there is the greatest need for philosophy/ philosophers and a philosophical view. Philosophy presents a perspective that covers the essence of the subject and the happenings in their explicitness. Thus, philosophy always has to be inside the happening/life itself. Now is the time for a question that was left aside for long. What is poverty? What is solidarity? What is justice? The essence of the subject can be touched and the concepts can be elucidated only if these questions are discussed. Yet, what really happens is that the core of the subject is left untouched, people are deluded with the help of rhetoric and the concepts themselves are decontextualized and made tools of political goals. These concepts can only be enlightened by philosophy and be grounded firmly.
When the concepts of poverty, solidarity and justice are considered, such issues have to be questioned: What does justice mean? What do we understand of solidarity? What is the relationship between justice and equality? Is justice equality? Can any bound be detected between religion and justice? Is there any possibility to establish justice? Is justice a concept relating to law or politics? How is the relationship between poverty and justice? What is or what has to be the philosophical attitude towards poverty? Is there a relationship between poverty and religion? Can poverty be considered as a global problem? How should the philosophical stance for poverty be? How can poverty and solidarity be related? Is solidarity grounded on class distinction? Are religion and solidarity connected? Can solidarity bring justice?
We have approved to organize this congress entitled “Poverty, Solidarity and Justice” in order to try to settle accounts on all these questions and to put forward new and different views on the concepts of poverty, solidarity and justice.
Poverty and Solidarity
Poverty and Democracy
Poverty and Justice
Poverty and Art
Poverty and Religion
Class and Solidarity Art and Solidarity
Religion and Solidarity Women and Solidarity
Culture and Solidarity
Solidarity and Existence
Solidarity and Utopia
Solidarity and Justice
Democracy and Justice
Religion and Justice
Equality and Justice
Right and Justice
Law and Justice Politics and Justice Ethics and Justice
Freedom and Justice
The academicians who contributed to the establishment and development of the department: