Benjamin Franklin Project Event

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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"Founding Science and the Making of a Modern Republic"

Session OneThe Foundations of Our Modern World: Bacon and Descartes

  • “Francis Bacon and the Americans’ ‘New Order of the Ages’”; Ralph Lerner, Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus and Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
  • “Descartes’ Prescription for America”; Stuart Warner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Roosevelt University
  • Moderator: Russell Betts, Dean and Professor of Physics, IIT College of Science and Letters

Lunch Break

Session Two—From Foundational Science to Political and Cultural Foundations: Scientific Understanding and a New Political Science

  • “The Science of the Legislator: Experiment and Reform in 18th-Century Jurisprudence”; David Lieberman, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law and Professor of History, Director of the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs, University of California, Berkeley
  • “Joseph Priestley: Scientific Knowledge and Public Enlightenment"; Jan Golinski, Professor of History and Humanities, Chair of the Department of History, University of New Hampshire
  • Moderator: Harold Krent, Dean and Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law


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