October 12, 2011

Ultimate questions of existence and causality

UNIVERSITY | 2:30 p.m. | Oct. 11, 2011 | By Clinton Wang
Philosophy conference questions everything
Philosophy professor Michael Della Rocca, who organized the conference, said the idea behind it emerged over coffee between physics professor Priyamvada Natarajan and theology professor Denys Turner “after we had walked out of yet another disappointing interdisciplinary talk.” They decided to create a new dialogue that would connect experts from their fields as well as philosophy, based on ultimate questions of existence and causality that shape all three fields, Della Rocca said.
“The hope is to initiate a significant and vital encounter among the three great magisteria dedicated to the pursuit of fundamental truth,” read the official statement.
The guests discussed the origin and nature of the Universe, time and creation, and whether their efforts to address these topics were futile.
By the end of the conference on Sunday, no verdict had been reached.
“But the absence of a consensus is a sign of a successful conference as are the connections between fields and people that were forged,” said Della Rocca.

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