Thursday, Oct. 29 - 4-6:30pm
What role do different languages and different disciplines play in this adventure? Do our models of this world in which we live, author and struggle to know, permit us to invent, transform and even revolutionize the world as we (don’t) know it?
At this historical juncture, powerful forces – from big data capitalism and climate change to the disorienting rootlessness of contemporary politics – can seem to overwhelm us. This estrangement has challenged us to think about the roles of the human and the world again... and again, calling us to redefine how we perceive the world and live in it together.
Our explanations, stories, poems, images and discussions about the ‘yet to be known’, ‘the future’, ‘what is possible’, and even ‘the limits of the thinkable’ have been pivotal to the imagining of ‘other worlds’ across artistic, mathematical, scientific, political and philosophical work. Our focus in this panel is not on far off fantasies but is directed at and located within the very systems we have invented and maintain, dealing with the relations between the actual, the possible and the impossible.
Danielle Macbeth is T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, USA. She is the author of Frege’s Logic (Harvard UP, 2005) and Realizing Reason: A Narrative of Truth and Knowing (Oxford UP, 2014), as well as many essays in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, and the history and philosophy of mathematics. She was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto in 2002 – 3, and has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Burkhardt Fellowship and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).