[FOM] BUFFALO LOGIC COLLOQUIUM 2nd Summer Announcement
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Sun Jul 6 10:05:43 EDT 2008
BUFFALO LOGIC COLLOQUIUM
2008 THIRTY-NINTH YEAR
SECOND SUMMER ANNOUNCEMENT
QUOTE OF THE MONTH: TWO VIEWS OF USE-MENTION: Alfred Tarski (1969/1993,
104) said that when mentioning an object, one always uses a name of this
object and not the object itself, even when dealing with linguistic
objects. Frango Nabrasa (1989, per. comm.) said: Premises rhymes with
nemesis, not with nemeses. For Tarski a linguistic object is what Church
calls a composite of a string and a meaning. Thus, a string used
autonomously is not the same linguistic object as the same string used
heteronymously. Tarski denotes Tarski. Tarski [the name] denotes Tarski [the
logician]. Nabrasa gave a counterexample to what he would have meant by
Tarskis words, not to what Tarski meant. John Corcoran 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 12:00-1:30 P.M. 141 Park Hall
SPEAKER: John Corcoran Philosophy, University of Buffalo.
TITLE: Regular Polygons and Polyhedra: a Theme of Euclids Elements.
ABSTRACT: This informal lecture discusses the first proposition of Euclids
first book, the last proposition of the last book, and selected intermediate
propositions linking them. It summarizes the Euclidean theories of polygons
and polyhedra that have been taken to provide the key for Euclids choice of
theorems to prove and his choice of the order of theorems in his works.
These clear, easily-grasped, surprising, and exquisitely beautiful
developments have played important roles in the history of philosophy and of
mathematics. Among the thinkers who have been influenced by these ideas we
find Plato, Kepler, Euler, Gauss, and Lakatos. For background Google:
Platonic solid, Euler, and graph theory.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 12:00-1:30 P.M. 141 Park Hall
SPEAKER: George Boger, Chair, Philosophy, Canisius College.
TITLE: Translating Prior Analytics A, 1-7 and 23: a Workshop.
ABSTRACT: We will discuss problems arising in translation of Prior Analytics
focusing on Chapters 1-7 and 23 of Book A. Knowledge of two or more English
translations would be useful but not necessary. A little knowledge of Greek
will help, but every effort will be made to be accessible to those with
non-existent or weak skill in Greek, such as Corcoran. A new translation by
George Boger will be presented and commented on.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 12:00-1:30 P.M. 141 Park Hall
SPEAKER: John Corcoran, Philosophy, University of Buffalo.
TITLE: Aristotles Logic at the University of Buffalo.
ABSTRACT: If there is one thing that the University of Buffalos Department
of Philosophy will be remembered for, it might be the half-century-long
tradition of contributing to our understanding of the most important logic
book ever written: Aristotles Organon. The one of the first contributions
in the series is William Parrys Quantification of the predicate and
many-sorted logic in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 22 (1966),
342-60. Ironically, perhaps the last contribution to date is a lecture that
refers to and builds on Parrys paper; that lecture is my own Aristotles
many-sorted logic abstracted in the Bulletin of Symbolic Logic (to appear),
a part of a larger three-hour tutorial given in May of this year. Other
contributions were made over the years by Sherwin Iverson, Lynn Rose, John
Anton, John Mulhern, Mary Mulhern, John Glanville, Ronald Zirin, John
Kearns, Lee Mohler, John Swiniarski, Michael Scanlan, James Gasser, José
Miguel Sagüillo, George Boger, and maybe others.
I hope that all involved in this tradition will send me an annotated
bibliography of their own contributions.
This BLC meeting will preview the talk I will give on Saturday 19 July at
9am opening the UB Alumni Conference.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 12:00-1:30 P.M. 141 Park Hall
Future Speakers: Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University), Barry Smith
(University of Buffalo), David Braun (University of Buffalo), Leonard
Jacuzzo (Canisius College and Fredonia University), Frango Nabrasa (Manatee
THESE BROWN-BAG MEETINGS WILL CONTINUE NORMALLY ON TUESDAYS AT NOON THROUGH
JULY, POSSIBLY INTO AUGUST. COME WHEN YOU ARE FREE. BRING LUNCH. LEAVE WHEN
YOU HAVE TO. ALL ARE WELCOME
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