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The Balzan Foundation is a high profile organization that has surrounded itself with a list of renowned and established scholars, among them Nobel Prize winners and nominees. They fund three annual prizes (one for literature, moral sciences and art; one for physics, mathematics, natural sciences and medicine; and one for humanities, peace and brotherhood amongst people) and organize a symposium (mainly attended by former prize winners) once every 4 years.
The editor(s) for this volume are to be selected by Balzan and Springer.
Foreword; M.E.H. Nicolette Mout and Werner Stauffacher.-
OPENING SESSION.- Addresses of Welcome: Giorgio Giudici, Mayor of Lugano; Piero Martinoli, President of the University of Lugano; Bruno Bottai, Chairman of the Board of the International Balzan "Prize" Foundation.- Keynote Lecture: Truth and Ourselves: the Elusive Last Word; Simon Blackburn.-
SESSION I PHILOSOPHY.- Truth, Contradiction, Nihilism; Emanuele Severino.-
PANEL DISCUSSION: Pascal Engel, Emanuele Severino, Karlheinz Stierle, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.-
SESSION II MATHEMATICS - PHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY.- Truth as a Value and Duty: Lessons of Mathematics; Yuri Manin.-
PANEL AND GENERAL DISCUSSION: Kai Hauser, Yuri Manin.- Thoughts on Truth in Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology; Bengt Gustafsson.-
PANEL AND GENERAL DISCUSSION: Paolo de Bernardis, Bengt Gustafsson.-
SESSION III BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES - BIODIVERSITY - SUSTAINABILITY.- Is the Brain the Organ of Truth?; Jean-Pierre Changeux.- Science as Organized Scepticism; Robert McCredie May.-
PANEL AND GENERAL DISCUSSION: Marco Baggiolini, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Robert McCredie May.-
SESSION IV HISTORY - SOCIAL SCIENCES.- Truth and Explanation in History; Quentin Skinner.-
PANEL DISCUSSION: Keith Thomas, Dominique Schnapper, Quentin Skinner.- Cultural Relativism: Meaning and Limits; Dominique Schnapper.-
PANEL AND GENERAL DISCUSSION: Keith Thomas, Mauro Barazini, Quentin Skinner, Dominique Schnapper.-
SESSION V THEOLOGY - RELIGION.- Faith and Truth; Georges Cardinal Cottier OP.- Violence, the Sacred, and the Regimes of Truth; Mohammed Arkoun.- The Truth about the Historical Jew; Geza Vermes.-
PANEL AND GENERAL DISCUSSION: Jan Assmann, Brian Hebblethwaite, Geza Vermes, Mohammed Arkoun, Georges Cardinal Cottier.-
SESSION VI CONCLUSION.- 'Truth': Common Themes?; John Krebs and Simon Blackburn.-
CONCLUDING REMARKS: Bruno Bottai, Achille Casanova, Mike Gray, Alessio Marconi.-
BIBLIOGRAPHY.- NAME INDEX.- CHAIRMEN, SPEAKERS, INVITED DISCUSSANTS.-
APPENDIX: THE INTERNATIONAL BALZAN FOUNDATION.
First book discussing the concept of truth from an all-compassing viewpoint: including sciences, humanities, and religion & theology
A unique effort to clarify what the concept of "truth" actually means to the most relevant perspectives of contemporary culture
Brings together a remarkable group of scholars and provides a comprehensive introduction to the key area of any cultural debate