Who is Mübahat Türker Küyel?June 26, 2021
He was born in Ankara. He held academic positions in the Department of Philosophy at Ankara University. He was appointed as the Chair of the History of Philosophy.
Mübahat Küyel produced thoughts on the historical development of philosophy. He focused on his intercultural interaction. Zeliha Celikkol, “M. Türker Küyel’s Life, Works and Fundamental Views In his book, “How philosophy was born, how, how and in what way did it pass to Rome, Jewish, Christian and Muslim circles, Europe, Ottomans after it was born” about Mübahat Küyel. He clarifies the subject by asking questions such as, “As some information about philosophy, or as a critical understanding of thought that is free from interest, harmonious and respectful in front of the universe, born out of bewilderment?” Mübahat Küyel states that philosophy did not actually start in Ancient Greece, but was born out of the astonishment felt in the face of nature. By establishing various connections, he tried to show how old and rich our culture is.
Until today, Western and Ancient Greek cultures were studied and only the importance of these cultures was mentioned. But, by breaking this judgment, Küyel has shown with his research that Turkish culture has made a great contribution to world cultures, apart from these cultures.” So much so that Küyel associates Turkish thought with Mesopotamian and Sumerian thought and states that there is a meaningful connection between them.
Küyel held positions in international academy organizations. He was invited to give lectures at universities and represented our country by participating in papers and congresses. His work has been included in the publications of UNESCO. Some of his works have been translated into many languages. He was presented the Distinguished Service Award of the Professional Association of Science and Literature Owners of Turkey in 1994 for his work.
Küyel has works such as “The Relation of Philosophy and Religion in Terms of Three Contemplations”, “Teachings of Being and Thought in Aristotle and Farabi”, “Beginning to Philosophy” and “History of Turkish Contemplation”.
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