Causality, time, morphogenesis and Complexity
Dr. Alicia Juarrero
Dr. Carl Rubino
Dr. Antonio Correa

Resume of the pre-congress seminar

Aristotles presentation of the so-called four causes involves the issue of explanation. Causes, he says, are explanatory factors that enable us to grasp the why of the matter under investigation. In the centuries since Aristotles analysis, causality often came to be identified with explaining present events in terms of the past and then with predicting the future in terms of the present. This move renders time irrelevant, since, as Ilya Prigogine has argued, it defines the future as a mere given that is implied in the present. Yet we live in a world of complex and unpredictable processes in which time plays an essential role. Complexity requires temporality. Building on the insights offered by Alicia Juarrero in her groundbreaking book Dynamics in Action, I will offer some reflections on how we might reconcile causality with temporality and uncertainty.

Dra. Alicia Juarrero
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Profesora de Filosofa (1975-2006) del Prince Georges Community College (Largo, Maryland 20774). Profesora Emrita del Prince George's Community College. Es autora del texto Dynamics in Action, MIT Press, 1999 as como co-autora y co-editora de: Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from North and South ISCE Publishing, 2007.Emergence, Self-Organization and Complexity: Precursors and Prototypes ISCE Publishing, 2008.

Ha sido reconocida por el Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) (2002) as como con Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
1992-2000 Nominated by President of the United States, and Confirmed by U.S. Senate to the National Council on the Humanities, the Advisory Board of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
1992-2000: Served as Chair of NEH Council Committee on State Programs

Dr. Carl Rubino
Colegio Hamilton.

Carl A. Rubino is Winslow Professor of Classics at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, USA. He has published and lectured on ancient Greek and Roman literature, philosophy, and literary theory. A long-time collaborator of the Nobel Laureate physicist Ilya Prigogine, he is also known for his work on the connections between science and the humanities, where he has focused on complexity theory, the problem of time, and the impact of the theory of evolution upon ethics. His recent publications include The Consolations of Uncertainty: Time, Change, and Complexity (in Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South, 2007) and Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes (2008), which he edited together with Alicia Juarrero.

Dr. Antonio Correa.
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Antonio Correa Iglesias. Auxiliary Professor at the University of Arts of Cuba. PhD in Philosophic and Epistemology. Master in Philosophical Sciences. Professor of Philosophy, Epistemology, Aesthetics and Cognition Science in the University of Art in Cuba. Researcher, Philosophy Faculty in Havana, Cuba. Guest Professor in different University. Guest Professor of the SenseLab. Workshop. Alanus University. Germany. Appointed by Edgar Morin, as a professor of the International team for the Multiversity, Edgar Morin. Mexico. Post-doctoral position in Institut fr philosophische Bildung and Forschungsstelle fr interdisziplinre Geisteswissensch. Germany. Chairman of the Complexity Cathedra in Havana, Cuba

El costo del evento pre-congreso es: 30.00 CUP para delegados nacionales y 30.00 CUC para delegados extranjeros.