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  • From: Szalay Kati <szalay AT>
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  • Date: Thu Dec 19 14:19:01 2002
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Zemplén-Papp Éva kérésére továbbítom az alábbi meghívót
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia
2002. december 16.
Kémiai Tudományok Osztálya
1051 Bp., Nádor u. 7., I. em. 117
tel./fax: 411-6167
pappe AT

Az MTA Kémiai Tudományok Osztálya, az MTA-ELTE Szerkezeti Kémiai Tanszéki
Kutatócsoportja és a BME Általános és Analitikai Kémiai Tanszéke
tisztelettel meghívja

Prof. G. S. Stent
(University of California at Berkeley, USA)

2003. január 14-én, kedden 14.00 órakor az MTA Felolvasótermében
(Bp. V., Roosevelt tér 9., I. em.) tartandó

The Paradox of Free Will and the Limits of Human Reason

című előadására

Az előadás alapjául Stent Professzor 2002-ben megjelent máris díjnyertes
Paradoxes of Free Will cimű könyve szolgál. A könyvben Stent provides an
easily accessible, literate introduction to the ancient quandary of the
freedom of the will. He traces its origins and its development by major
thinkers, from the dawn of civilization to contemporary philosophers and
scientists. Stent argues that Immanuel Kant was right in claiming that
the paradox of free will inheres in human reason. Thus our innate pure
theoretical reason tells us that a causal chain dating
back to the beginning of time determines all happenings in
the world (including human willing). Our innate pure practical reason
tells us, however, that without being able to will freely,
we could not understand ourselves as moral agents. Thus, according to
Kant, we have to learn to live with this deep
existential paradox as best as we can. In his discussions of the
paradox, Stent considers many fields of study that touch on it,
such as history, philosophy, biology, physics, evolutionary
epistemology, sociobiology, and etiquette. The book succeeds in
crossing narrow disciplinary lines without minimizing substantive

Gunther S. Stent received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the
University of Illinois in 1948. Upon being awarded postdoctoral research
fellowships by the US National Research Council, he joined the founders of
the then nascent (and as yet unnamed) discipline of molecular biology,
first at the California Institute of Technology, then at the University of
Copenhagen, and finally at the Pasteur Institute of Paris. His
affiliation with the University of California, Berkeley, began in
1952 as Assistant Research Biochemist and continues today as Professor
of Molecular Biology, Emeritus. Stent's professional experience includes
also appointments as Senior Fellow of
the National Science Foundation at the Universities
of Kyoto and of Cambridge; External Member of the Max Planck Institute
for Molecular Genetics in Berlin; Guggenheim Fellow at Harvard Medical
School; and Fogarty Scholar in Residence at the US National Institutes of
Health. He was elected
a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1984.

További információk, a vendéggel való esetleges találkozás megbeszélése:

Hargittai István, az MTA r. tagja, 463-1286 vagy 463-4051

Szalay Istvanne (Kati) Tel: +36-1-392-2562 Fax: +36-1-392-2503
MTA KFKI Reszecske- es Magfizikai Kut.Int. Szamitogep Halozati Kozpont

e-mail:szalay AT

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Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 12:14:25 +0100
From: Eva Zemplen-Papp
<pappe AT>
szalay AT
Subject: Stent eloadasa

Kedves Kati,
kerlek, hogy a mellekelt meghivot a Fizinfora tedd ki.
Bekes, boldog Karacsonyt es sikeres 2003. evet kivanok!

Eva Zemplen-Papp PhD
Chemistry Sectioni
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H-1051 Budapest
Nador utca 7.
E-mail:pappe AT

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