Chryssi Sidiropoulou

Chryssi Sidiropoulou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University.

Chryssi Sidiropoulou studied Philosophy and Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.  After getting her BA, she enrolled in and attended classes at the Department of Theology of the same university.  In 1991, she started graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Wales, U.K.  She worked under the supervision of professors David Cockburn and D.Z. Phillips and completed her PhD thesis entitled ‘Wittgenstein, the Self and Religious Life’ in 1996.  In it she discussed questions in both philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion as aspects of a single investigation.  Her main claim was that, contrary to what is commonly accepted, substance dualism is not in a position to offer a defense of human individuality and uniqueness.  She also claimed that dualistic frameworks of assumptions about the self misrepresent religious claims and so, that they offer negative services to religion and theology.

Since 1997, Chryssi Sidiropoulou has been a member of the Philosophy Department of Bogaziçi (Bosphorus) University in Istanbul, Turkey.  She has taught courses in ancient and medieval philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and Wittgenstein.  Personhood and the self, as well as questions concerning the mutual influences between them and religious ideas, are the main focus of her academic interests.

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