• Daniel Gruber, "Structuring Reality through Human Law"

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    Speaker: Daniel Gruber has written 10 books, and has taught in numerous countries on 5 continents. His books have been translated into Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Dutch, Spanish, German, and French. In this talk, he focuses on the intersection of Government, Law, and Values in legal, political, and religious systems. Abstract: Hans Kelsen was considered by many in the 20th century to be “the formative jurist of our time,” influencing many who now teach and legislate. His “Pure Theory of Law” takes a multi-discipline approach that dispenses with the need for observation or correspondence to any objective reality. He based it on a Basic Norm which he said “not only contradicts reality, …but is also self-contradictory, …a fiction. …accompanied by the awareness that reality does not agree with it.” Rather than conforming his theory to reality, he conformed reality to his theory. In this way, he made the State free to forbid or command anything it chooses. His philosophy received “unqualified admiration” in much of the world. This talk examines Kelsen’s claim that an approach such as his, which measures everything by human cognition, must reject the existence of any objective reality. It argues that this claim is well-founded.

  • Donna Adler Altimari, "Plato's Cosmology", part 3

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    The 3rd part of the talk focused on mathematics and the beginnings of physical speculation in the Western Tradition. Come see where it all started in Plato's Timaeus, a sourcebook for many disciplines. More details at our site https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/. Everybody is welcome. Feel free to come with your lunch.

  • Donna Adler Altimari, "Plato's Cosmology", part 2

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    The 2nd part of the talk focused on mathematics, music, and the beginnings of physical speculation in the Western Tradition. Come see where it all started in Plato's Timaeus, a sourcebook for many disciplines. More details at our site https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/. Everybody is welcome. Feel free to come with your lunch.

  • Donna Adler, "Introduction to Plato's Cosmology"

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    The talk will focus on mathematics, music, and the beginnings of physical speculation in the Western Tradition. Come see where it all started in Plato's Timaeus, a sourcebook for many disciplines. More details at our site https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/ . Everybody is welcome. Feel free to come with your lunch.

  • A. Burov, "Lost in Math" by S. Hossenfelder, end of the talk and discussion

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    In my talk on this book I do not try to give its balanced review. Instead, I make a focus on what I see as philosophically significant aspects of it, stressing and commenting them. The first part of my talk (actually ~2/3 of it) was given Mar 29, and I will finish it Fri, Apr 12, at our regular meeting starting 12:00, same place, Req Room (WH4NW). I think I’ll need about 30min to remind the part 1 and to finish my talk, and the rest 30min will remain fo the open discussion. Everybody is welcome, as usual. The slides of the 1st part are here: http://www.fermisocietyofphilosophy.org.s3.amazonaws.com/files/Lost_in_Math_Review_p1.pdf Our website https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/ .

  • A. Burov, "Lost in Math" by S. Hossenfelder

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    The book will be reviewed with an accent on the role of beauty in the comprehensibility of the universe. Everybody is welcome. Feel free to come with your lunch. https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/

  • A. Burov, "Lost in Math" by S. Hossenfelder

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

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  • Donna M. Adler, PhD: The Book of Kells and its Analogical Vision of Reality

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    The Book of Kells is a famous illuminated Gospel in Old Latin, dating back, approximately, to the eighth century. It is deeply Platonic, as well as Christian; and it features a particular kind of imagination about the nature of the cosmos and the relationship between the physical and spiritual planes that may resonate with students of nature today. Everybody is welcome. Feel free to come with your lunch. A link to the detailed abstract can be found at our site: https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/

  • Open discussion on Einstein-Berson debates on the nature of time

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    Some of our participants expressed an opinion that we did not have enough time to discuss this issue. They may be right! So, we are having one more meeting dedicated to the issue covered by several talks, see our web site https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/ .

  • Open discussion on the Einstein-Bergson debate about time

    Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Req Room (WH4NW)

    For the slides of 3 talks of Leo Michelotti on the subject, please visit our site https://fermisocietyofphilosophy.wordpress.com/ .