Transdisciplinarity: What could philosophy contribute to the history of engineering? – University of Copenhagen

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Transdisciplinarity: What could philosophy contribute to the history of engineering?

Humanomics Open Research Seminars with Jack Copeland, Distinguished Professor in Humanities at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Jack Copeland is Distinguished Professor in Humanities at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. He is recognised as a leading authority on Alan Turing's work, and is at the moment working on various different projects while functioning as Visiting Professor at the IVA at Copenhagen University. A Londoner by birth, Jack earned a B.Phil. with Distinction from the University of Oxford - where he was taught by Turing's great friend Robin Gandy - followed by a D.Phil. in mathematical logic.

Jack Copeland's research spans over a wide spectrum of different fields, and he has long been engaged in the interdisciplinary field of research. Through this seminar, he will focus on the importance of combining philosophy and engineering when exploring questions such as; what do we understand by engineering, what are the limits of engineering, what is the possibility of machines having free will and consciousness and in what sense may the human brain be a computer? Furthermore, Jack Copeland discusses how philosophy, and the questions raised by philosophy, is essential to every field of research.

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Humanomics Open Research Seminars

Humanomics Research Centre continues to present new guest lectures and invited international scholars throughout the spring semester 2015. Director Frederik Stjernfelt and Co-Director David Budtz Pedersen have prepared an interesting and challenging course of lectures with the intention to gather colleagues, PhD students, and advanced students for discussions of new trends and theories in the humanities - ranging from current research projects to theoretical debates about the past, present and future of humanities scholarship. The objective is to organise one or two monthly meetings with presentations of new research by Copenhagen University staff and invited international scholars.