Siyaves Azeri worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Lorraine, (France) Archives Henri Poincaré. From September 2017 to August 2018 he was a visiting researcher at the Department of Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure-Paris (France).

He also conducted a short-term research as a Dobrovsky Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic during the summer of 2017. From 2013 to 2017 he taught at the Department of Philosophy, Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey. From 2011 to 2013 he pursued his postdoctoral research at the Queen’s University in Kingston (Canada). In the course of this research on epistemology of science, which was titled “Conceptual Cognitive Organs: Toward an Historical Materialist Theory of Scientific Knowledge”, the process of formation of scientific concepts and conceptual systems has been reconceptualised on the basis of Lev Vygotsky’s theory of ontogenesis of concepts. Azeri received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa (Canada) in 2008 where he also worked as a lecturer from 2008 to 2010 and in 2012. He received his MA from the Department of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA and his Bachelor of Science in philosophy degree from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He writes on a large gamut of subjects in different international journals and books. His areas of interest include Hume’s empiricism, Kant’s transcendentalism, Marxian materialism, the problem of consciousness, critique of epistemology, philosophical psychology and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory. Azeri is a member of the scientific board of the journal Philosophia Scientiae.

Siyaves Azeri

Research Interests:

The main focus of Azeri’s present research is the relation between the mode of production and production of (scientific) knowledge and the critique of mainstream epistemology. On the one hand, Siyaves investigates the modes of subsumption of knowledge-production under capital; on the other hand, and in contrast to mainstream epistemologies’ conceptualization of knowledge as a propositional bulk, he aims at a reconceptualising “knowledge” as a particular form of human activity/praxis conducted with the use of conceptual tools and interiorization of schematized forms of social activity. Such reconceptualization requires a redefinition of “praxis”/activity as a philosophical category, which is prioritized over body. The analysis of the relationship between the mode of production and capital with knowledge-production requires investigating the historically-specific forms of the relations of production, the methods of production of knowledge and of knowledge-producers (education), and forms of realization/incarnation of knowledge. Reconceptualising knowledge as a historically-specific form of human activity necessitates not only analyzing the existing mode of knowledge-production, but also the historical development of knowledge-producing activity and institutions, the methods of funding and financing scientific research—as science and knowledge come to the fore as immense productive forces vis-à-vis the process of scientificition of production—and the ontogenesis of “higher mental functions” (human mind) and human thinking. 

A more specific area of investigation within this framework, which is related to the critique of mainstream epistemologies of science, is the relation between different fields of knowledge-producing activity, say, between pure mathematics and physics (which presumably is an empirical science). This relation can be conceived of as one between the historically-constituted schemes of human activity that attain an “ideal” form, where, following Ilyenkov, “ideality” is understood in terms of the universal norms of a culture, which should be internalized by human agent in order to enable it to conduct its life-activity.  

Key Terms:

  • Critique of Epistemology
  • Social Relations of Production
  • Knowledge
  • Education
  • Labour
  • Consciousness
  • Ilyenkov
  • Vygotsky
  • Cultural-historical Activity Theory