Research professor Bryan Frances introduces the topic of his Mobilitas Pluss Top researcher grant
Thursday, March 8th at 16:15 research professor Bryan Frances will give a talk at the Department of Philosophy colloquium titled "Expertise and Fundamental Controversy in Philosophy and Science". The talk is an introduction of his Mobilitas Pluss Top researcher grant (MOBTT45) and takes place at Jakobi 2-336.
Abstract of the talk
In this talk I introduce the themes of my three-year research project at Tartu University. Over the centuries, philosophers have discovered apparently intractable paradoxes with our most fundamental concepts: time, space, parthood, meaning, truth, goodness, color, etc. These problems are so fundamental as to suggest that virtually nothing falls under those concepts. Advances in logic and science have done little or nothing to erase the suggestion. Given these centuries-old controversies, it is doubtful that we can know that anything falls under those concepts. But such an implication is problematic: it would entail a radical kind of scepticism, and it would be difficult to square with the existence of progress in philosophy over the last century, especially with the philosophical use of logic and science.
Department of Philosophy colloquium is a regular meeting of the faculty and guest speakers to deliver talks on their current research. Read more.