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CPNS Announces New History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Initiative for Fall 2014

Sacramento State's HPS Initiative includes new course offerings in the Department of History, a visiting speaker from NASA, graduate student liaisons at Stanford and San Francisco State, the Ultimate Questions Student Discussion Group, and more.

     
  Graduate Courses at U.C. Berkeley - Graduate Theological Union: Starting this spring, the CPNS Program for Science and Human Values, in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley-GTU, will be offering graduate courses that explore the history of religion and modern science. The first of these graduate courses, 'Orthodox Christianity and Modern Science: A Dialogue with the Western Scholastic Tradition' will be taught by Michael Epperson this spring.
     

     
November 5, 2014  

Public Lecture: CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program
Visiting Scholar - Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA Goddard
"Cosmic Agnosticism: Current Problems and Alternative Perspectives in Cosmology"

This talk is intended for a general audience and is open to the public.
7:00 - 8:30 pm, Petris Room, University Library (3rd Floor, Room 3023)

     
November 6, 2014  

Presentation: CSUS History and Philosophy of Science Program
Visiting Scholar - Dr. Timothy Eastman, NASA Goddard
"The Plasma Universe: Gravity Plus Electromagnetism"

Department of Physics Colloquium
California State University, Sacramento
4:00 - 5:20, Mendocino Hall 1015

     
May 22-24, 2014  

Presentation: Michael Epperson, “The Ontology and Epistemology of Internal Relations: Bridging the Physical and Conceptual in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information”

Presentation: Elias Zafiris, “Sheaves of Boolean Logical Frames: A Local-To-Global Approach To Quantum Geometry And Logic”

Fifth Metalithicum Klausur Symposium: "Computation as Literacy: Self Organizing Maps"

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, Switzerland

 
April 5-6, 2014  

Presentation: Michael Epperson, “Potentiality and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics"

"Quantity/Quality: The Problem of Measure in Philosophy and Science"

U.C. Davis
Davis, California

 
October 24, 2013  

Lecture by Elias Zafiris: “A Category Theoretical Approach to Quantum Physics

Parmenides Foundation - Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

     
October 9, 2013  

Lecture: Michael Epperson, “Potentiality and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics: The Relational Realist Approach

Institute of Philosophy
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

5:00 PM, Room 226

     
October 8, 2013  

Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris: “Relational Realist Philosophy and the Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics

Parmenides Foundation - Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

 
October 3-6, 2013  

Conference: “Emergent Quantum Mechanics 2013”

Austrian Academy of Sciences
Vienna, Austria

 
August 24-26, 2013  

Workshop: “The Philosophy of Relational Realism and Quantum Geometric Phases

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Elias Zafiris - Theoretical physics and mathematics, CPNS and Institute of Mathematics, University of Athens
Michael Epperson - Philosophy of Science, CPNS, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento
Karim Bschir - Philosophy of Science - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
     
August 21-23, 2013  

Symposium: "Relational Realism, Quantum Gravity, and the Holographic Principle"

Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Amsterdam

Sebastian de Haro - Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam
Dennis Dieks - Philosophy of Science - Utrecht University
Jeroen van Dongen - Institute for History and Foundations of Science - Utrecht University
Elias Zafiris - Theoretical physics and mathematics, CPNS and Institute of Mathematics, University of Athens
Michael Epperson - Philosophy of Science, CPNS, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento
Karim Bschir - Philosophy of Science - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

     
April 3, 2013  

Lecture: “The Role of Topology in the Interpretation of Quantum Event Structures

Elias Zafiris

Institute of Mathematics, University of Athens
Visiting Professor
Institute of Philosophy

Eötvös University, Budapest

5:00 PM, Room 226

     
March 7, 2013  

Lecture: “Between Teleology and Mechanism: The History of the Concept of Organism from a Philosophical Perspective”

Spyridon Koutroufinis

Technical University of Berlin
Visiting Professor
Department of Anthropology
U.C. Berkeley

California State University, Sacramento
1:30 - 2:45, Summit Room, University Union, 3rd Floor
Co-sponsored by the Department of History

     
February 4-7, 2013  

Workshop: “A Topological, Sheaf-Theoretic Explication of Quantum Geometric Phases By Analysis of Experimental Data on the Aharonov-Bohm Effect, the Pancharatnam Phase, and the Quantum Hall Effect, Toward a Unified Interpretation”

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, Switzerland

     
February 1-3, 2013  

Presentation: Michael Epperson: “Quantum Theory and Metaphysics” in the Fourth Metalithicum Klausur Symposium

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, Switzerland

 
 
December 12, 2012  

Duo Lecture, Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris: “Foundations of Relational Realism: On Relational Realism and the use of Grothendieck topology to construct a category-sheaf theoretic interpretation of quantum mechanics”

Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels)
Brussels, Belgium

 
 
December 6, 2012  

Lecture: Michael Epperson: “The Mutual Implication of Objects and Relations in Quantum Mechanics: How Potentiality and Contextuality are Ontologically Significant in Modern Physics”

California State University, Chico
Department of Philosophy

 
October 27-28, 2012  

Workshop Presentation: Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris: “Relational Realism and Issues in Modern Physics”

Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, California

John Cobb - Claremont Graduate University
Robert Valenza - Dept. of Mathematics, Claremont McKenna College
Granville Henry - Emeritus - Dept. of Mathematics, Claremont McKenna College
Ronny Desmet - Vrije Universiteit, Brussels
Tim Eastman - NASA-Goddard
Elias Zafiris - University of Athens
Michael Epperson - CPNS, California State University Sacramento

 
October 25, 2012  

Seminar: Elias Zafiris, University of Athens, Institute of Mathematics: “A Sheaf Theoretic Framework for the Representation of Quantum Event Structures in Terms of Boolean Covering Systems”

CPNS and the Departments of Mathematics and Philosophy
California State University, Sacramento

3:00-3:50, Brighton Hall, Rm. 204

 
October 24, 2012  

Lecture: Michael Epperson and Elias Zafiris: “Understanding Quantum Mechanics: The Rehabilitation of Aristotle in Modern Physics”

Co-sponsored by the Hellenic Studies Program and
The Hellenic American Professional Society
California State University, Sacramento

7:00-8:00 pm, Petris Room, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library 3023 (3rd floor)

 
October 23, 2012  

Lecture: Karim Bschir, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: “Potentiality in Natural Philosophy”

Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences
California State University, Sacramento

1:30-2:45, University Union, Folsom Room (3rd Floor)

 

October 18-21, 2012

 

Symposium: “The Decline Effect: The Decline Effect: Evidence, Explanations, and Future Directions”

University of California Santa Barbara

 
December 2, 2011  

Presentation, Michael Epperson: “Relational Realism, Quantum Mechanics, and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead” – Conference: “Whitehead: The Next Generation”

Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, California

     
November 2, 2011  

Presentation, Michael Epperson: “Quantum Mechanics, Category Theory, and the Philosophy of Whitehead" - Symposium: "Conversations About Whitehead and Category Theory

Claremont Graduate University
Center for Process Studies
Claremont, California

     
October 5-8, 2011  

Presentation: "Quantum Decoherence: A View from Topology"

European Philosophy of Science Association 2011 Conference
Athens, Greece

Karim Bschir - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Elias Zafiris - University of Athens
Michael Epperson - CPNS, California State University Sacramento

     
June 15-20, 2011  

Workshop: "Quantum Relational Realism: Mereotopology, Logical Implication, and Internal Relation in Quantum Mechanics as Represented via Sheaf-theoretic Boolean Covering Systems"

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (co-sponsor)
Zurich, Switzerland
Bernex, France

Michael Epperson - CPNS, California State University Sacramento
Roland Omnès - University of Paris XI
Elias Zafiris - University of Athens
Karim Bschir - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Timothy E. Eastman - NASA Goddard & Plasmas International

     

February 17, 2011

 

Symposium: "The Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead"

Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

Experts to Discuss Famed Mathematician and Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead and a Rare Piece of Correspondence at Symposium on Feb. 17

A rare, six-page letter written by Alfred North Whitehead, one of the major philosophers and mathematicians of the 20th century, will be the subject of a half-day symposium at the Library of Congress. The letter was recently donated to the Library and will be housed in the Manuscript Division.

Roland Faber, executive co-director of the Center for Process Studies and executive director of the Whitehead Research Project at Claremont Graduate University will give the keynote address "Whitehead’s Work and Impact, Past and Future," which will provide an overview of Whitehead and his legacy in a range of fields.

George Lucas of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis will discuss "Whitehead, Wittgenstein and 20th Century Philosophy and Ethics."

Michael Epperson of California State University in Sacramento will present "Interpretations of Contemporary Physics."

David Finkelstein of the Georgia Institute of Technology will discuss "Reflections on ‘Principia Mathematica,’" which will address the impact of Whitehead in logic and mathematics.

Derek Malone-France of George Washington University will present "Kant and Whitehead."

Ron Phipps of the International Center for Process Philosophy, Science and Education will discuss "Significance of Whitehead’s 1936 Letter."

Timothy Eastman of Plasmas International in Silver Spring, Md., will present "Whitehead in the Tradition of Process Thought."

Henry S. Leonard, Jr., the letter’s donor, will talk about its provenance.

Click here for more information from the Library of Congress website.

     
October 19-23, 2010  

Workshop: "Applying Sheaf/Category Theory to Quantum Mechanics: Logical Implication And The Internal Relation Of The Local To The Global In Quantum Mechanical Predication"

University of Athens - Institute of Mathematics
Athens, Greece

     
July 19-20, 2010  

Workshop: "Foundations of Relational Realism: Logical Causality, Intrinsic Decoherence, and a Category-Theoretic Mereotopological Model of Quantum Spacetime"

Orcas Island, Washington

Michael Epperson: Dept. of Philosophy & College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Director, CPNS, California State University
Stuart Kauffman: Complex Systems Center, University of Vermont
Elias Zafiris: Dept. of Mathematics, University of Athens
Philip Stamp: Dept. of Physics, University of British Columbia / PITI
Karim Bschir: Dept. of Philosophy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Timothy Eastman: Plasmas International

     
July 4-7, 2010  

"International Symposium on Generalizing Quantum Theory"

Europa University Viadrina
Frankfurt-Oder, Germany

     
February 23, 2010  

STEM Lecture Series
Center for STEM Excellence (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Lecture by Michael Epperson
"From Classical Philosophy to Quantum Mechanics: An Evolving Reality"

California State University, Sacramento
University Union, Redwood Room: 6 pm

     
February 2, 2010  

Workshop: "Relational Realism and Generalized Quantum Theory"

University of Freiburg
Freiburg, Germany

     

January 29-30, 2010

 

Workshop: "Quantum Logical Causality, Category Theory, and the Philosophy of Whitehead"

Elias Zafiris, Michael Epperson, Karim Bschir

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, Switzerland

     
June 26-28, 2009  

Workshop: "Logical Causality in Quantum Mechanics - II"

Michael Epperson, Paul Gochet, Ronny Desmet, Michel Weber, Tim Eastman

Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium

     
June 13-20, 2009  

Lecture & Panel - Michael Epperson: "The Relational Realist Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: The Evolution of Ontology to Praxiology in the Philosophy of Nature"

Arthur Zajonc, Michel Bitbol, Michael Epperson, Eshel Ben-Jacob

University of Rome
International Conference on Science and Spirituality
Cortona, Italy

     
August 14-17, 2008  

Workshop: "Logical Causality in Quantum Mechanics - I"

Michael Epperson, David Finkelstein, Henry Stapp, George Shields, Tim Eastman, William Kallfelz, Gary Herstein

California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, California

     
August 15-18, 2007  

Workshop: "Quantum Physical Investigations into the Causal and Logical Orders and the Physical Basis of Possibility"

Michael Epperson, Dept. of Philosophy, Director CPNS, California State University Sacramento
Timothy E. Eastman, NASA-Goddard
David Ritz Finkelstein, Georgia Institute of Technology
Henry P. Stapp, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
William M. Kallfelz, University of Maryland
Mohsen Shiri Garakani, PACE University

University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

 

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