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September 2011 Events


September 6, 2011
Conversations at Sunset
Logic and Paradoxes: Truth, Analytic Philosophy, and Fun
5 – 6 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Herklotz Room

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Walk-Ins Welcome

Gottlob Frege invented modern mathematical logic in 1879, and his work together with work by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell, David Hilbert, Kurt Goedel, Alfred Tarski, and Alan Turing provided the basis for 20th century work in foundations of mathematics, analytic philosophy, linguistics, and computing.  We'll trace the developments in logic, look at Russell's theory of descriptions to see how logic can be used as a tool in meaning analysis, and finish with some fun stuff (or rather, stuff that's even more fun):  logical paradoxes.  There are some real mind-twisters here, so come prepared to do some thinking.

Speaker: Edwin McCann, Professor of Philosophy and English


September 22, 2011
Lunch Discussion on the Future of USC Dornsife
12 – 2 p.m.
University Club, Banquet Room
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Dana and David Dornsife’s historic gift offers unparalleled opportunities to think about what USC Dornsife is and should be and to shape its future character and mission. What should the name “USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences” mean? What common values and aspirations unite USC Dornsife faculty and students? How can USC Dornsife, through research and teaching, help make the world better? Come join a self-selected group of your colleagues to discuss what USC Dornsife ought to be over lunch. Ideas arising from the discussion will be communicated to the dean of USC Dornsife.


September 26, 2011
Mount Wilson Observatory Trip, Fall
Bus will leave campus
promptly at 4:00 p.m.
Reservations are required
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Join members of USC Dornsife for a night at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. Many dramatic discoveries were made there that changed out view of the universe forever. Make some discoveries of your own with the 60-inch telescope, food, company and celestial conversation.


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