Ioanna Kuçuradi: The Ideal of Turkish Modernity in Turkish Philosophical Humanism

In: Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
Zeynep Direk Department of Philosophy, Koç University, Istanbul, 34450, Turkey

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In 20th century philosophical anthropology and value theory in the Turkish philosophical scene have been philosophical buttresses of Turkish modernity. Inspired by Nicolai Hartmann and Max Scheler, Turkish philosopher Takiyettin Mengüşoğlu and his pupil Ioanna Kuçuradi created an academic tradition, which I call “Turkish Philosophical Humanism.” Turkish philosophical humanism stresses that to conserve the value of human being the constitutional law must be made in such a way that citizens can flourish as persons. In this framework I reflect on Ionna Kuçuradi’s academic and political engagement by taking into account her gender, ethnic and religious differences, differences in terms of which she did not describe or present herself. I am interested in the political ordeals she went through as she lived through the political pressures on academia in Turkey and her reflection on her own experience in terms of her personalism and value theory.

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