Letter from Turkey

Rehberg A.

DEUTSCHE ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PHILOSOPHIE, vol.64, no.5, pp.796-805, 2016 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/dzph-2016-0060
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.796-805
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This letter reports on the current state of philosophy in Turkey, describing in detail the academic landscape with its specificities and the principal traditions and fields of interest within the university faculty and amongst students. Furthermore, it gives an overview of the specific importance of political philosophy for Turkey, elaborating on how the Enlightenment, hierarchisation, polarisation and cultural conflict shape the country's intellectual discussions and political practice. The letter closes with a short summary of problems plaguing the Turkish educational sector and contains some practical counsel to foreign philosophers wanting to work in Turkey or with Turkish philosophy students. Keywords: Turkey, philosophy, philosophy in Turkey, Turkish culture,