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I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at NC State University. After receiving my D.S.U. (Diplôme Supérieur d’Université) in political science (2000) from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and my M.A. in philosophy (2005) from Boğaziçi University in my native Istanbul, I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy (December, 2011) at Duke University. Before arriving in Raleigh in Fall 2013, I taught at Boston University for two two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
Teaching and Research Interests
I work in the history of early modern philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Spinoza. In addition to early modern philosophy, I have an ongoing interest in ancient ethical theories, especially Aristotle’s. I am also interested in the history of ethics in general, with a comparative emphasis on ancient and modern ethical theories. I work on projects which, broadly construed, lie at the intersection of early modern philosophy and history of ethics.
Soyarslan, Sanem (2014) "The Susceptibility of Intuitive Knowledge to Akrasia in Spinoza’s Ethical Thought," British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Soyarslan, Sanem (2014) "From Ordinary Life to Blessedness: The Power of Intuitive Knowledge in Spinoza’s Ethics," in Matthew Kisner and Andrew Youpa (eds.) The Essays on Spinoza’s Ethical Theory, Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Soyarslan, S. (2013) “The Distinction between Reason and Intuitive Knowledge in Spinoza’s Ethics,” European Journal of Philosophy, doi: 10.1111/ejop.12052.
Translation from French to Turkish:Balibar, Etienne.(2004) Spinoza ve Siyaset (Spinoza et la Politique), Otonom Publishing, Istanbul.
- Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duke University, 2011
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