The Vienna Circle – Currentness in Science and Art
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Fri, July 01, 2016 - Sat, July 02, 2016, Symposium

Even now, the stimuli of the Vienna Circle are not just pervasive in modern exact sciences, such as physics, mathematics, information technology and engineering. They have also defined disciplines such as economy, architecture, psychology and literature. The influence of the Vienna Circle goes beyond social progressive movements into modern art. On the occasion of the »Vienna Circle. Exact Thinking on the Edge of Doom« exhibition at the Center for Art and Media, the Institute Vienna Circle of the University of Vienna, the Institute of Philosophy and the Institute of Technological Impact Assessment (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) are jointly hosting a two-day symposium about the impact and impact history of the Circle from the short period of its existence to the present day.

Schedule Fri, July 1, 2016
Schedule Sat, July, 2016


Friday, July 1, 2016

The Vienna Circle – Retrospectives & relevance to the present day
Section management: Friedrich Stadler, Institute Vienna Circle, University of Vienna

10:15-11:00  Friedrich Stadler (University of Vienna):
The Vienna Circle – The present day relevance
of an interdisciplinary and global »scientific world view«
11:00-11:45Stefan Scherer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
The Vienna Circle and German literature of the interwar
and post-war period
12:00-12:45Károly Kokai (University of Vienna):
Aesthetics and logical empiricism – The cultural
environment of the Vienna Circle
12:45-13:30Johan Hartle (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design​​):
Museum educational service and pictorial statistics.
Otto Neurath’s policy of visibility
13:30-15:00Lunch break


The influence of the Vienna Circle on modern natural and technical sciences
Section management: Rafaela Hillerbrand, Institute of Technological Impact Assessment / Institute of Philosophy, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


15:00-15:45Michael Stöltzner (University of South Carolina):
Modern physics and its philosophy: The demand of the
Vienna Circle in times of LHC and string theory
16:00-16:45Volker Peckhaus (University of Paderborn):
Logic in logical empiricism
17:00-17:45Veronika Hofer (Bielefeld University):
About the biological system theory of the Vienna Circle
18:00-18:45Thomas van Clarmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
The Viennese, the Berliners and the climate


Saturday, July 2, 2016

​Political philosophy, economy and mathematics as the subject of the Vienna Circle
Section management: Ulrich Arnswald, Institute of Philosophy, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 

9:00-9:45Ulrich Arnswald (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
The connection of utopianism from Mach to
the Vienna Circle
10:00-10:45Martin Lemke (University of Rostock):
Schlick as a political philosopher –
politics as technology
11:00-11:45Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna):
The Vienna Circle and its mathematical parallel
12:00-12:45Clemens Puppe (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
John von Neumann, Oskar Morgenstern and the
origins of modern economic game theory in the Vienna Circle 
12:45-14:00Lunch break
14:00-14:45Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau (University of Vienna):
The internationalisation of logical empiricism
and its public impact



The Vienna Circle as the inspiration for art, architecture, media and aesthetics
Section management: Peter Weibel, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe



15:00-15:45Peter Weibel (Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe):
The Vienna Circle, from Ernst Mach to Ludwig
Wittgenstein, and their aesthetic consequences
16:00-16:45Romana Karla Schuler (University of Applied Arts Vienna):
Ernst Mach and the avant-garde of the present
17:00-17:45Jochen Hörisch (University of Mannheim):
The logical empiricism of »graphic« media: Photography –
phonography – cinematography
18:00-18:45Georg Vrachliotis (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
Architecture and the Vienna Circle
18:45-19:30Concluding panel
Presented by: Rafaela Hillerbrand (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Hermann Czech (Vienna)
Hans Lenk (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna)
Friedrich Stadler (University of Vienna)
Georg Vrachliotis (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
Peter Weibel (Center of Art and Media Karlsruhe)
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Karlsruhe

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