Public lecture honours memory of great philosopher

Friday, 11 October 2013

A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide will celebrate the unique contribution of Australia's most famous philosopher - by explaining his ideas in terms accessible to a general audience.

J.J.C. (Jack) Smart AC was Hughes Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide from 1950-1972. During that time, he developed ideas about philosophy that became acknowledged throughout the world, such as his theories on mind vs brain, on time, and on ethics.

After leaving Adelaide, he held posts at Latrobe and the Australian National University before retiring in 1985. In 1990 he was awarded an AC for his contributions to philosophy. He died last year at the age of 92.

In a free public lecture on Thursday 17 October, four University of Adelaide philosophers will explain Smart's main ideas:

    Emeritus Professor Chris Mortensen - Smart's scientific realism;
    Dr Jon Opie - Smart's philosophy of mind;
    Emeritus Professor Graham Nerlich - Smart's theories of time;
    Professor Garrett Cullity - Smart's ethics.

Presented by the Discipline of Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide.

WHAT: Public lecture: J.J.C. Smart: Australia's Greatest Philosopher
WHERE: Napier Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN: 7:30pm-9:00pm (followed by refreshments), Thursday 17 October, 2013
COST: Free - all welcome


Contact Details

Emeritus Professor Chris Mortensen
Discipline of Philosophy
School of Humanities
The University of Adelaide
Business: 08 8313 4966

Ms Robyn Mills
Media and Communications Officer
The University of Adelaide
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