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2011.01.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Philosophy Colloquia Series to Host Saul Kripke Jan. 25

Omaha - Saul Kripke is known as a logician and an important philosopher of the 20th century. While a student at Omaha’s Central High School, he wrote a series of papers that transformed modal logic and remain authoritative works in the field.

Kripke will present "The First Person" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 438. Kripke's presentation is part of the 2010-2011 Philosophy Colloquia Series at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Kripke became a junior fellow at Harvard his sophomore year and gave lectures to graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the 1960s, Kripke presented his theories of reference in a series of lectures, transcribed and published in 1980 as Naming and Necessity.

The work sparked a veritable industry of philosophical commentary and criticism, as did another series of lectures, transcribed and published in 1982 as Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language.

In 2001, he won the Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy, which is given by the Swedish Academy of Sciences and is the equivalent in its field of a Nobel Prize.

He served on the faculty of Rockefeller University; was the John Locke Lecturer at Oxford; A. D. White Professor‐at‐Large at Cornell; and, a few years ago, retired from Princeton, where he spent much of his career since 1976.

He is currently working out of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where there is an institute devoted to his work: The Saul Kripke Center.

For more information, contact William Melanson: wmelanson@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2877.

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