Hi, I’m Işık or Isaac

Işık or Isaac

Hi, I’m Işık or Isaac

I’ve lived in Budapest for 12 years

I speak English and some Hungarian, Russian

I am Philosopher / Musician / Concert Organizer / Proofreader-Editor

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I was born in Ankara in 1985 as the second child of a historian and a human rights lawyer. Having acquired a BA degree in linguistics and an MA in cognitive science, I moved to Budapest in 2010 for a Ph.D. degree in analytic philosophy at Central European University, which I completed in 2017. I eventually married a Romanian-Hungarian woman and settled down in Józsefváros, a Budapest neighborhood of workers, minorities, migrants, and bohemians. Besides Hungary, I lived for varying periods in Russia (high school exchange), Germany (Erasmus exchange), Serbia (long story), Switzerland, and the USA (visiting Ph.D. student). As an independent post-doctoral researcher, I publish articles on the philosophy of mind and philosophical method in international scholarly journals and earn part of my living by proofreading and editing English-language articles written by researchers at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design. As a drummer, I toured much of Europe with my psychedelic rock band Hayvanlar Alemi, and since 2016 I have been running the digital music label and concert promotion agency Inverted Spectrum Records. My hobbies include drawing, walking, cooking plant-based dishes, traveling to places both on and off the beaten path, and curating itineraries for my friends and family when I happen to host them in any of the numerous cities I call home.

My knowledge & interests

Hosts graduation Linguistics (BA) / Cognitive Science (MA) / Philosophy (PhD) Hosts expertise Drinks Hosts expertise Music
Street food Local cuisine Food markets Unique & unusual foods Art galleries & museums Parks Gardens Scenic routes Political history Social history Architectural history Modern architecture Classical architecture Wine Local beers Vintage shops Street markets Handicrafts & souvenirs Traditional culture Popular culture Alternative or underground culture Vegetarian food Vegan food Local speciality drinks Traditional drinks Painting Contemporary art Art history Thrift stores Second-hand markets Bookstores Music stores Antique shops Post-modern architecture Ottoman architecture Jazz music Rock music Traditional music Folk music Reggae Metal music Indie music Exotic Food Outsider Art Beaches Scenic/Photographable Locations Hungarian Art Nouveau & Art Deco Experimental Music
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Experiences I love to host