Ekin Erkan

Ekin Erkan
University of Rochester | UR · Department of Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts
Art critic

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Introduction
Ekin Erkan is a Turkish scholar working chiefly in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science (memory, consciousness, perception) and history of philosophy (Kant & Hegel; Sellars and post-Sellarsian scholarship). Erkan also publishes in the philosophy of science, language, aesthetics, and philosophy of film. Erkan's most recent work has been interested in philosophy of mind, memory, higher-order thought (HOT) theory, and expressivist readings of Kant's "I think".
Education
May 2019 - June 2021
Ars industrialis
Field of study
  • Philosophy
September 2014 - May 2018
University of Cincinnati
Field of study
  • Art History, Philosophy

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Review of Henri Matisse, Red Studio exhibition at MoMA
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This paper looks at dialectical inferences as they relate to Hegel's modal metaphysics, closely examining the Actuality section of Hegel's Science of Logic and positing a reading of Hegel's modal actualism that engages with two strains of secondary commentary. Responding to commentators, we make the case that Hegel's 'das Logische' avoids presuppos...
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Book Review of Westphal, Kenneth, Kant’s Critical Epistemology: Why Epistemology Must Consider Judgment First.
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We formalize a theory of the subject by sketching a pragmatic functional hierarchy of sapient cognition. Our expanded framework attempts to articulate a normative understanding of discursive cognition by demarcating its functional propriety within a naturalist rejoinder, seeing in the functional development of cognition from pre-discursive to discu...
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Following Sellars, this paper shows how ontological theorization becomes diachronically coordinated with and constrained by empirical science, and how the formal-quantitative kernel of scientific theories corresponds to qualitative-conceptual determinations at the structural level. To do this, we follow Johanna Seibt’s characterization of ontology...
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Considering how Kant’s synthetic unity of apperception could be “naturalized,” this paper seeks to liberate the Kantian theory of experience from any foundationalist renderings that blur the lines between the empirical and transcendental, without compromising Kant’s attempt to investigate how the invariant structures of experience condition and sup...
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Book review of Ann-Sophia Barwich's Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind (2020), focusing on stereotypic stimulus mapping vs behavioral approaches that a proper study of olfaction, and perception tout court, necessitates.
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Comparative review of Alison Laywine's Kant's Transcendental Deduction: A Cosmology of Experience and Béatrice Longuenesse's I, Me, Mine: Back to Kant and Back Again, with a focus on the Transcendental Unity of Apperception.
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Beginning with a survey of the shortcoming of theories of organology/media-as-externalization of mind/body-a philosophical-anthropological tradition that stretches from Plato through Ernst Kapp and finds its contemporary proponent in Bernard Stiegler-I propose that the phenomenological treatment of media as an outpouching and extension of mind qua...
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The infinite judgement has long been forgotten and yet, as I am about to demonstrate, it may be urgent to revive it for its critical and productive potential. An infinite judgement is neither analytic nor synthetic; it does not produce logical truths, nor true representations, but it establishes the genetic conditions of real objects and the concep...
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Espousing non-reductive physicalism, how do we pick out the specific relevant physical notion(s) from physical facts, specifically in relation to phenomenal experience? Beginning with a historical review of Gilbert Ryle's behaviorism and moving through Hilary Putnam's machine-state functionalism and Wilfrid Sellars' inferential framework, up to mor...
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Contra the dominant readings, Hieronymi—refusing to sideline concerns of metaphysics for the impasse of normativity—argues that the core of Strawson's argument in "Freedom and Resentment" rests on an implicit and overlooked metaphysics of morals grounded in social naturalism, focusing her discussion on Strawson's conception of objective attitudes....
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A eulogy on the late Bernard Stiegler, reflecting on our friendship and his influence on the philosophy of technology.
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This review of Alain Badiou’s The Pornographic Age—as well of the essays included in the book by William Watkin, A.J. Bartlett and Justin Clemens—illuminates that this is one of the few, if not only, texts where Badiou reverses the operational directionality of the event qua category theory, so as to “dis-image” power. In doing so, Badiou provides...
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Recently, given the fomenting protests following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery (amongst countless others), much discussion has erupted amongst contemporary artist-activists about the proper place for art and the aestheticization of politics. This is, of course, by no means a novel conversation. Historically, the aest...
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Review of Failure by Neta Alexander and Arjun Appadurai, and Discussion with Neta Alexander, by Ekin Erkan
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Since the advent of media archeology, a deep-seated bifurcation has found one end of the field arguing for the interventionist and appropriative weaponization of media whereas the other side has championed a "total war" with technology itself, insisting that new media's military-industrial roots inherently color its drivability. Here, I implore a m...
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As a philosophical paradigm, differential heterogenesis offers us a novel descriptive vantage with which to inscribe Deleuze's virtuality within the terrain of "differential becoming," conjugating "pure saliences" so as to parse economies, microhistories, insurgencies, and epistemological evolutionary processes that can be conceived of independentl...
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Review of The First Person in Cognition and Morality by Béatrice Longuenesse, formulating how Freud’s genealogy of the moral imperative is compatible with Kant’s investigation of the justificatory structure of a priori cognition and moral reasoning.
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In Recursivity and Contingency, Yuk Hui prompts a rigorous historical and philosophical analysis of today’s algorithmic culture. As evidenced by highspeed AI trading, predictive processing algorithms, elastic graph-bunching biometrics, Hebbian machine learning and thermographic drone warfare, we are privy to an epochal technological transition. As...
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In "Psychopower and Ordinary Madness" my ambition, as it relates to Bernard Stiegler's recent literature, was twofold: 1) critiquing Stiegler's work on exosomatization and artefactual posthumanism-or, more specifically, nonhumanism-to problematize approaches to media archaeology that rely upon technical exteriorization; 2) challenging how Stiegler...
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A review of Michel Henry's Marx that focuses on the philosophical-economic works of Marx and subjective labour value.
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A review of Colin Koopman's book, How We Became Our Data (2019)
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My article, "On Action-Oriented Predictive Patterning" surveys the link between second order cybernetics and action-oriented Predictive Processing vide Luciana Parisi's "Xeno-Patterning"
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François Laruelle's system of non-standard philosophy and its univocal radical immanence is highly indebted to Henry's non-representationalism. Admittedly, in contrast to Laruelle's "heretical" Christology, Henry's theological-realist determination is astricted by the idealist paralogisms of a cogitativist Ego, which transpires most markedly in Hen...
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A book review of The Michel Henry Reader, edited by Scott Davidson and Frédéric Seyler (Evanston, Illinois: 2019, 266 p.).
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Book review of Jean-Louis Schefer's The Ordinary Man of Cinema with particular attention to Schefer's conception of affect and its influence on Deleuze.
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Omnicide: Mania, Fatality and Future-in-Delirium (2019) finds Iranian-American philosopher and comparative literature theorist Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh carving the figure of the diffracted neo-Bedouin wanderer, whose mania we tail through the book’s haunted pages. The book’s namesake, “omnicide,” refers to the complete and total erasure of the Earth-...
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Alexander R. Galloway and Jason R. LaRiviére’s article “Compression in Philosophy” seeks to pose François Laruelle’s engagement with metaphysics against Bernard Stiegler’s epistemological rendering of idealism. Identifying Laruelle as the theorist of genericity, through which mankind and the world are identified through an index of “opacity,” the a...
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Thomas Elsaesser’s recent scholarship has examined the “mind-game film”, a phenomenon in Hollywood that is broadly characterised by multi-platform storytelling, paratextual narrative feedback loops (“Cinema” 8), nonlinear storytelling, and unreliable character perspectives (Littschwager 21). While “mind-game” or “puzzle” films have become a content...
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As one of the seminal theorists further developing François Laruelle’s politically-poised “non-standard philosophy,” Katerina Kolozova’s approach to animality and feminism is part of a particular post-humanist Marxist continuum (which includes Rosi Braidotti, Luce Irigaray, Donna Haraway and N. Katherine Hayles). Nonetheless, Kolozova distinguishes...
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Giorgio Agamben's "Creation and Anarchy" is comprised of five meditative essays compiled over the last few years and presented as an anthologized collection. The initial few chapters' survey postmodern art qua divinity, with particular interest to a contradictory dialectic: inspiration and critique. Drawing from an idiosyncratic amalgam of thinkers...
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Following Moynihan’s hyperstitious hysteria, the spine becomes an aesthetic media object; much like art, the spine traps the jouissance of fragmentary “time in a pure state," the chronogenetic artifact par excellence.
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Despite the seemingly neutral vantage of using nature for widely-distributed computational purposes, neither post-biological nor post-humanist teleology simply concludes with the real "end of nature" as entailed in the loss of the specific ontological status embedded in the identifier "natural." As evinced by the ecological crises of the Anthropoce...
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Postmodernity’s cultural database logic and the consequent filmic characteristics of the digital age were fostered by Lev Manovich’s 1999 essay “The Database as Symbolic Form,” whereby Manovich furthered Barthes’ adoption of Saussurrean sign-systems to describe cultural phenomena. In particular, Manovich applied Saussure’s description to postmodern...
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Ekin Erkan's review of Bernard Stiegler's "The Age of Disruption: Technology and Madness in Computational Capitalism" (2019) in the peer-reviewed journal Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge.
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Drawing on "The Minority Principle" (1981) and "Struggle and Utopia: At the End Times of Philosophy" (2012), François Laruelle further cultivates his project on generic ethics and axiomatic principles with his latest text, A Biography of an "Ordinary Man: On Authorities and Minorities" (2018). From the very beginning of the book, Laruelle stakes a...
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On the question of what Levi R. Bryant calls "dim media," and the scalar nature of these “dim” assemblages, which have been able to form coalitions, we ought to contemplate how and why it is the homeless (for Bryant) who, “by contrast, radiate almost no gravity on the assemblages within which they dwell” (205). In contrast to Rancière’s notion of “...
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Review of François Laruelle's "A Biography of Ordinary Man: On Authorities and Minorities" (2019) through a comparative Marxist frame.
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Established in 1997, Redhack is the world’s oldest hacktivist group, drawing from a systematized Marxist-Leninist organizational history. While infamous for inspiring Anonymous’ politically-motivated efforts (such as Operation Tunisia in 2011), at home in Turkey Redhack is lauded for audacious whistleblowing efforts, dispelling disinformation campa...
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In her seminal text, What Should We Do With Our Brain? (2008), Catherine Malabou gestured towards neuroplasticity to upend Bergson's famous parallel of the brain as a "central telephonic exchange," whereby the function of the brain is simply that of a node where perceptions get in touch with motor mechanisms, the brain as an instrument limited to t...

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Lareulle’s prohibition of exchange poses an indivisible phenomenal state that births neither the generic condition/objective generic (as in Deleuze’s virtual “any-space-whatever”) nor the generic subject/subjective generic (as in Levinas' "alternations of expression and self-alienation,” Badiou's distinction between subjective truth from objective knowledge via subtraction, and Lyotard's "unclean non-world") but, alternatively, the Homme-en-personne, or Man-in-Person, which Galloway renders as the "Impersonal Man or Man-in-Imperson." My research examines the unconscious Real of Agamben's "gesture" via Laruellean immanence, with the query: can we conceive of a (non-digital) cartographic cinema of radical immanence?