Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Philosophical Foundations of Law and Finance - 55th Weekly Meeting

Dear all

Joe is back for the 55th session of the Philosophical Foundations of Law and Finance, on Friday 18 June 2010, from 6.00 to 8.00pm, in room 5.16, 309 Regent Street (University of Westminster).

Joe will talk about Craig Callender’s article “Is Time an Illusion” published in the June 2010 issue of the Scientific American (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-time-an-illusion), and relate the distinction Callender makes between timelike causality and spacelike acausality to various concepts of law and finance. Joe will go over the essentials of special relativity, and how the so-called progress in modern scientific physical theory has been a sequence of incrementally outsourcing the various attributes of “time”. Timelike causal and spacelike acausal properties abound in jurisprudence and finance.

We will then begin to read the Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor (http://www.online-literature.com/dostoevsky/2884/) , which as one of Joe’s friends and long-term editor of the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto says, is “only the most important book in Western civilization”.

Timelike causality will have us leaving at 8pm, acausally, probably, to Vapiano (19-21 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QB).

See you on Friday!
Joe and Laura

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