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Adolf Grünbaum Memorial Reception
Saturday, May 11, 2019

2:00 - 3:00 pm Exhibit of Adolf Grünbaum Collections, Cathedral of Learning 1008

3:00 - 4:10 pm Lecture by Bas van Fraassen, Cathedral of Learning 1008

4:30 - 6:30 pm Memorial reception, University Club, Ballroom A

Adolf Grünbaum, who built Pitt’s philosophy program into one of the world’s best, passed away in November 2018. Grünbaum leaves behind a legacy of prolific and profound contributions to the field of philosophy and to the University of Pittsburgh, which became recognized as an international leader in the field during his tenure. “He was bold — a visionary architect who helped grow our philosophy department into what it is now known as the best program worldwide,” said Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “He was beloved, having served on our faculty for nearly 60 years, and he was renowned — a proverbial giant in the scholarly exploration of space and time.”

Please join us as we remember and celebrate Adolf Grünbaum with a lecture by Prof. Bas C. van Fraassen, Adolf’s first Ph.D. student in 1966, followed by a reception filled with family, friends, and warm memories.

Philosophy of Physics with Adolf Grünbaum, in Context
ABSTRACT: A half century ago I had the great fortune to study with Adolf Grünbaum, and I would like to share some of my memories of that time. His insightful studies in the philosophy of physics were truly inspirational, and I will discuss these in the context of the several decades surrounding the year 1963, when I became his student. I will focus on his critique of certain interpretations of quantum mechanics, and his continuation of Hans Reichenbach’s philosophy of time and space.



For More Information:
Leanne Longwill, longwill@pitt.edu

Center for Philosophy of Science
Office of the Provost






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