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To become a center of excellence in philosophical education and research, and to have a distinguished record of published philosophy papers per faculty member while ranking high internationally (as measured by ISI's Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index®, and especially Arts & Humanities Citation Index®).
We are mainly in the analytic tradition.
The Board of Trustees of Bilkent University met on November 13, 2002, to review a series of new initiatives. Among these was the establishment of a Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities and Letters. Following the meeting, a proposal was prepared and submitted to the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK). The proposal was approved by the Council's Executive Board on December 25, 2002. Our first batch of students were admitted in Fall 2003.
About the Department
We offer a B.A. degree in philosophy. (We also have a philosophy minor program for Bilkent students majoring in non-philosophy subjects.) Plans for M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs are in progress.
The aim of the department is threefold:
The curriculum is broad based in that the students are required to complete courses in a number of academic fields other than philosophy, i.e., physics, biology, computers, mathematics, statistics, economics, languages, literature, and history. Because the curriculum provides each student with a substantive grounding in these fields, the student is able to constructively challenge the way they are practiced from a position of authority rather than from a position of hearsay. Besides, several of the courses (e.g. languages, statistics, computer programming, etc.) aim to develop specific skills that are essential to the workplace. In the meantime, the philosophy courses on their own provide a more than sufficient basis from which to pursue graduate work in philosophy. As a result, the critical mass of philosophical understanding is established whilst at the same time each student's future career options are not foreclosed due to unnecessary over-specialization at an early stage.
The department places a premium upon:
Bilkent University is young by international standards. It was founded on October 20, 1984 by the late İhsan Doğramacı.
Bilkent is the leading establishment of higher education in Turkey in terms of criteria such as faculty publication record, research facilities, and undergraduate student profile:
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The administrative assistant of the department is Mrs. Vegün Ekmekçi (room FA115A). Please contact Mrs. Ekmekçi at the following phone number to schedule appointments with the department chair.
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