J.J.C. Smart: Australia's Greatest Philosopher
Chris Mortensen (University of Adelaide), Jon Opie (University of Adelaide), Prof Garrett Cullity (University of Adelaide), Graham Nerlich (University of Adelaide)

October 17, 2013, 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Discipline of Philosophy, University of Adelaide

Napier 102
University of Adelaide 5005


Chris Mortensen
University of Adelaide

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J.J.C. (Jack) Smart was Hughes Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide from 1950 to 1972. During that time, he developed ideas about philosophy and philosophical methodology whose importance became acknowledged throughout the world. After leaving Adelaide, he held posts at Latrobe and the Australian National University before retiring in 1985. He was awarded an AC for his contributions to philosophy. He died at the age of 92 in 2012.

In this Public Lecture, Adelaide philosophers come together to celebrate his life, by describing his main ideas in terms accessible to a general audience. The speakers and their topics will be:

  • Chris Mortensen - Smart’s scientific realism
  • Jon Opie - Smart’s philosophy of mind
  • Graham Nerlich - Smart’s theories of time 
  • Garrett Cullity - Smart’s ethics.

The meeting will be chaired by Gerard O’Brien, and introduced by the DVCR, Prof Mike Brooks.

Time: Thursday 17 October 2013, 7.30pm-9pm (followed by drinks).

Place: Napier Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, The University of Adelaide.


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