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2013.05.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

World-Renowned Philosopher, Omaha Native the Focus of UNO Conference

Omaha - The work of philosopher Saul Kripke, an Omaha native and professor emeritus at Princeton University, will be the subject of a three-day conference held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) from May 20 – 22.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., on UNO’s Pacific Campus. Events run from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. each day, and will include a keynote lecture from Kripke on Wednesday, May 22, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. to close out the conference.

Scholars from across the world will be on hand for additional presentations on Kripke’s work, including representatives from the University of Hamburg, University of Toronto, Washington University and University of Texas-Austin, just to name a few.

Born and raised in Omaha, Kripke’s impact on modern philosophy goes back to when he was a 17-year-old student at Omaha Central High School and proved his first theorem in modal logic. Kripke’s parents, Rabbi Myer S. Kripke and Dorothy K. Kripe were influential members of Omaha’s Jewish community with Kripke’s father leading the Beth El Synagogue and his mother writing educational books for children on the Jewish faith.

Over his 50-year career, Kripke has become a leading influence in the world of modal logic, which expands classic binary true-false statements of the truth to include qualifiers that account for concepts like possibility, impossibility and necessity. Kripke, who has an honorary doctorate from UNO (1977), has had several theoretical models named due to his contributions and is the author of the highly influential work "Naming and Neccesity."

Kripke has also made significant advances in the area of metaphysics and philosophy of language. In 2001 Kripke won the Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy, which is given by the Swedish Academy of Science and is equivalent to a Nobel Prize.

In addition to his professor emeritus status at Princeton, Kripke is currently a distinguished professor of philosophy at the City University New York. Kripke has also held teaching positions at MIT and Harvard.

For a full list of participants, please visit this link.

For questions about the conference, contact Paul Audi, associate professor of philosophy, at paudi@unomaha.edu. For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2129.


Courtesy of CUNY

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