The prevailing approach to the way we model concepts limits the extent to which we can research their scope and development. In her inaugural lecture Arianna Betti argues that we need to arrive at a new conceptual framework to produce more adequate insights and new perspectives.
Betti uses the example of a kind of ‘Google Concepts’, a tool that could trace the development of a concept such as ‘freedom of expression’ from the seventeenth century up to the present. But in order to construct such a tool you need to ask yourself how we should conceive of those concepts or terms. We often imagine concepts as points moving along a line, but Betti explains that we should see them rather as complex, glacier-like structures. She also indicates why philosophers are needed to uncover and reconstruct these conceptual structures. This insight is also an example of the way pure research in the humanities can serve a potentially fundamental purpose in relation to technological research.
Prof. A. Betti, professor of Logic and Language: Begrippen in beweging.
This event is open to the public.
(Please note: this inaugural lecture will be held in Dutch.)