about me

Prior to starting my position at UTSA, I was an assistant professor of philosophy and the director of the Medical Humanities Minor at Daemen College, Buffalo, NY.

Before Daemen, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at University of Pittsburgh, where I am currently an Associate Fellow.

In the summer of 2012, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bogazici University in Istanbul, which remains my favorite city in the entire world.

Between 2010-2012, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Novel Tech Ethics at Dalhousie University, Canada, working within the project entitled “States of Mind: Emerging Issues in Neuroethics.”

I received my PhD in 2010 at the Department of Philosophy at York University, Canada with the dissertation, “Mad Narratives: Exploring Self-Constitutions Through the Diagnostic Looking Glass,” under the supervision of David Jopling, Kristin Andrews, and Ian Hacking.

I am a native of Denizli, Turkey. I spent my childhood and adolescence on the Aegean coast, hanging around the ruins of Ancient Greek civilization. I’d like to think that I am a philosopher because I walked on the soils that the Greek gods, goddeses, and philosophers left their footprints, inhaled the salty humid sea air they breathed in, and inhabited the sense of wonder that woke them up from the deepest sleeps everyday.

The picture on the right features me giving a lecture on Aristotle‘s account of friendship and flourishing at the Academy in Assoss established by the man himself, after leaving the Platonic Academy in Athens.

The Olympic torch I have been carrying around since my early childhood days have helped me to happily make home in Canada and the US, connecting me to many beloved curious friends and students.

I co-organized the Early Career Scholars Conference in Philosophy of Psychiatry, held on November 21-22 2014, at the Center for Philosophy of Science at University of Pittsburgh. You can read a nice summary of it here and a commentary here.
I  (sometimes) blog.

I am on the Editorial board of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Journal.

I am on the Executive Board of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry.

I edit the following PhilPapers categories:

Philosophy of Psychiatry and PsychopathologyPsychiatric EthicsPsychopathologyOther Mental DisordersMental IllnessPhilosophy of Psychiatry and Psychopathology, Misc