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THE MULTISCOPIC CELL: CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ART AND SCIENCE

Bram van Waardenberg, on 1 June 2000

Bram van Waardenberg graduated in astronomy in Leiden and finished art college in Rotterdam. He works as an artist and has organized several art-science projects in Rotterdam and Lille.

The talk consisted of five parts.

1 The spiral of the pharmacologist Eppo van der Kleijn and the atelier-world of J C J Van der Heyden

2 Art and the artist

3 Science and the scientist

4 Art and Science

5 The history of Kingdom Pentagon.

Marcus Aurelius - The Philosopher Emperor

I G C Stratton, Member, on 7 November 2000

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus _ emperor, warrior, philosopher, theologian, moralist and the first ever self-help guru _ ruled the Roman Empire from 161 to 180 AD. He was the last of `The Five Good Emperors' whose reigns were described by Gibbon as being the time when the human race was most happy and prosperous. The power of Marcus was virtually unlimited save for personal moral restraints arising from his stoic philosophy.

MACMURRAY AND THE BBC TALKS

Speaker: Philip Hunt, Chairman of the Macmurray Society, on 4 February 1999

Opening his talk, Philip Hunt said that John Macmurray was just beginning to re-emerge from post-war obscurity. It was now clear that he had something important to say to the present generation, as had been recognised by the Prime Minister among others. To get his main ideas across, it was easier to proceed by way of narrative rather than exegesis; in the course of the talk, though, the main outlines of his philosophy would probably emerge.

DEWEY AND THE DEMOCRATIC IDEAL

Introduced by Jenny Brain on 4 March 1999

REASONING IN TRANSITIONS: CHARLES TAYLOR AND THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Speaker: Martin Warner, University of Warwick, on 6 April 1999

This material is part of an investigation into the `aesthetics of argument', with particular reference to the ways in which the modes of argument and imagination are interdependent. More narrowly, it is an element in that aspect of the wider enquiry which is concerned with the relation between narrative and rationality.

GILES DELUZE: WHAT IS POLITICS?

Dr Robin Holt, on 4 May 1999

Dr. Holt was Lecturer in Philosophy at Southampton University, and authored book on Wittgenstein's political thought published by Routledge.

TRANSLATION AS INTERPRETATION IN HEIDEGGER

Speaker: Dr Stuart Elden, Brunel University, on 1 June 1999

"Tell me what you think of translation, and I will tell you who you are". Throughout his career, Heidegger suggested that all translating must be an interpreting, and to appeal to a dictionary is to appeal to one interpretation. This paper began by discussing Heidegger's understanding of translation, showing that it is a carrying over _ a trans-lation _ from one language to another, or even within the same language. In Greek the word hermeneutiké means both translation and interpretation.

RUDOLF CARNAP & THE SEMANTIC TRADITION

Speaker: Victor Suchar, Member, on 7 Sept. 1999

Rudolf Carnap was one of the major philosophers in this century. He set the agenda for analytical philosophy from 1928 when he published his first seminal work to his death in 1970.

GEORGES CANGUILHEM: THE NORMAL & THE PATHOLOGICAL

William Booth, on 5 October 1999

Canguilhem (1904-1995) was born in Castelnaudry, S.W. France. He was of peasant stock but his academic achievement saw him on his way to study at the Lycée Henri IV in Paris and on to philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure, switching to medicine in Toulouse and Strasbourg.

His life paralleled academically and in the Resistance that of his friend Jean Cavaillès, whose execution by the Gestapo saw Canguilhem turn in on himself, ending up as professor at the Collége de France.

LAW AND PHILOSOPHY TODAY

Tony Spiers on 2 November 1999

The speaker outlined the issue of social justice as expounded by John Rawls in his seminal work A Theory of Justice.

Rawls was Emeritus Professor of Law at Harvard University when he wrote this, his most famous work, in 1971. It builds upon and expands his teachings over the previous 12 years upon the subject.

WITTGENSTEIN

Dr Carolyn Wilde Bristol University, on 6 December 1999

Dr Wilde is a distinguished philosopher and specialist in the later work of Wittgenstein. She is a member of the Philosophy Department of Bristol University and this is the third time that she has spoken at the Institution. Dr Wilde made comments and led the audience in the analysis of the following paragraphs of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.

Victor Suchar

255. The philosopher's treatment of a question is like the treatment of an illness.

REPORT ON THE TWENTIETH WORLD CONGRESS OF PHILOSOPHY

Speaker: Victor Suchar, on 5 November 1998

PHILOSOPHY AND ITS RELATIONS

Speaker: Dr Carolyn Wilde, Bristol University on 1 December 1998

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