Who is Ioanna Kuçuradi?June 25, 2021
President of the Turkish Philosophy Institute. An educator who served as the head of the Department of Philosophy at Hacettepe University for a long time after its establishment. Later, he worked at other institutions such as Bilgi University and Maltepe University. He is currently still working at Maltepe University. He pays particular attention to areas such as human rights, human philosophy and ethics and works on these issues.
He was born on October 4, 1936, in Istanbul, to a Greek family. She graduated from Zapyon Girls’ High School in 1954 and from Istanbul University’s Department of Philosophy in 1959. He received his doctorate in 1965. He worked at Erzurum Atatürk University between 1965-1968. He became Associate Professor in 1970 and Professor in 1978. As a result of a meeting held in Boston, he was elected President of the World Philosophy Federations. She is the first Turkish and the first woman to be elected to this task. In 2001, she enabled the World Philosophy Congress to be held in Turkey.
He founded the Department of Philosophy at Hacettepe University in 1969 and served as the head of the department until his retirement in 2003. She is the director of the Human Rights and Philosophy Application and Research Center of the same university since 1997 and the UNESCO chair established within this center. She is also a member of the Koç University Board of Trustees.
Ioanna Kuçuradi was born in Istanbul. After graduating from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Philosophy, she worked as an assistant at this university for a while. After her doctorate, she taught philosophy and Latin at Atatürk University, Faculty of Letters for a few years. Ioanna Kuçuradi, who is a professor with her studies on human philosophy, still continues her studies in the field of philosophy of values.
She dealt with the problem of freedom from an ethical perspective and sought answers to it in the axis of existential philosophy. Ioanna Kuçuradi argues that existence precedes essence and that the freedom that man adds to this essence is formed later. She argues that only some people can achieve the freedom that is open to every human being. He criticizes Sartre, who thinks that freedom is a human characteristic, and considers freedom as the possibility of existence. She states that not all people act with values and that they cannot show this in their lives.
Until 1980, İoanna Kuçuradi served as the general secretary of the Turkish Philosophy Institution, of which she was one of the founders, and then the president. Ioanna Kuçuradi, who took part in the board of directors of the International Federation of Philosophical Institutions, later became the president of the International Federation of Philosophical Institutions. She is the federation’s first female president.
İoanna Kuçuradi continues her institutional work on philosophy as the President of the Philosophy Institute of Turkey and the Head of the Maltepe University Human Rights Research and Application Center.
Ioanna Kuçuradi has many awards, including the “Goethe Medal”. In addition to his numerous academic works, “Tragic in Max Scheler and Nietzsche”, “Nietzsche and Man”, “Schopenhauer and Man”, “Philosophy Teaching in Our High Schools”, “Man and Its Values: Value Problem”, “Ethics, Looking At Art With Philosophy” He also has books titled “Among the Events of the Age” and “Human Philosophy in Our Century”.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook