Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures

 

The Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures are an annual event started by Prof. Dr. Albert Newen from the Institute of Philosophy II at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany in 2008. The Lectures provide a platform for distinguished scholars to present their work in the form of several talks on their preferred topic. The focus is usually on the areas of Philosophy of Mind, Language or Science. In turn, graduate students interested in these topics get the chance to engage in extensive discussion and get in touch with state-of-the-art research. In addition, some of them have the chance to present their own work on related topics during a graduate conference, based on a peer review process.


The lecture series is dedicated to the philosopher Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970) who was born in Barmen (today: Wuppertal) which is not far from Bochum. He studied Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics in Jena and Freiburg, amongst others with Gottlob Frege, and is one of the main representatives of Logical Empiricism.


Prior Carnap-Lecturers include Shaun Gallagher (Memphis), Alva Noë (Berkeley), John Perry (Stanford), David Papineau (London), Tim Crane (Cambridge) & Katalin Farkas (Budapest), Ned Block (NYU) & Susan Carey (Harvard), and David J. Chalmers (ANU/NYU) (see Archive).



Carnap Lectures 2014


From March 10-12, 2014, this years‘ RCL have been presented by Prof. Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts University).


Daniel Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives with his wife in North Andover, Massachusetts, and has a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

He was born in Boston in 1942 and received his B.A. in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. He then went to Oxford to work with Gilbert Ryle, under whose supervision he completed the D.Phil. in philosophy in 1965. He taught at U.C. Irvine from 1965 to 1971, when he moved to Tufts, where he has taught ever since, aside from periods visiting at other prestigious institutions.


Prof. Dennett will give four lectures:

1. Explaining Mind. Cultural Evolution as the Bridge from Absolute Ignorance to Intelligent Design

2. The Competence of nature

3. If Brains are computers, what kind of computers are they?

4. How memes equip our brains for comprehension