Fermi Society of Philosophy

Marxian System & Mythos, IV: Implications and Consequences.

by alexeyburov

Dear all,

The slides of I-IV parts are here.

The next meeting will be in two weeks, May 11, same place and time. We’ll talk about some critics of Marx, from Mikhail Bakunin to Karl Popper and Antony Flew.

Many thanks for your interest, questions and comments!


Marxian System & Mythos, III: The First Principles

by alexeyburov

What constitutes the core of Marxian DoctrineWhich principles of the Manifesto and later works played the major role for those Marxist groups that seized power to implement them? My answer to these questions was suggested at this talk. 

The next meeting, Friday, Apr 27, will be devoted to the implications and consequences of the Marxian principles. If time permits, we’ll start discussing criticism of the doctrine by Bakunin, von Bawerk and other thinkers.

Slides of 1st, 2nd and 3rd talks are here.


Marxian System & Mythos, II: The Manifesto

by alexeyburov

At the second talk I quoted and commented the most extensively published and widely read text in the history of political thought: The Communist Manifesto.

Slides for the 1st & 2nd talks are here.

Marxian System and Its Mythos; 1st talk: popularity

by alexeyburov

At my 1st talk, I demonstrated current popularity of Marxism and gave very short review of some of my favorite books. Many thanks for all who came.

The next meeting is Friday, March 16th, same place and time: WH4NW, 12:00. We’ll discuss the main ideas and the spirit of the most extensively published and widely read text in the history of political thought: The Communist Manifesto.

Everybody is welcome; feel free to come with your lunch.

Slides of the 1st talk are here.

Announcement: Marxian System and Its Mythos, 5 talks starting March 2nd.

by alexeyburov

The previous year was the 100th anniversary of the Russian Bolshevik revolution and 150th anniversary of “The Capital”, while this one is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. The series of 5 talks I am going to give at our regular meetings is associated with the man, who, alas, turned the world upside down. During my first talk at March 2nd, I will demonstrate current popularity of Marx and briefly review the most interesting books and articles on his doctrine. The next talks will be devoted to two questions: first, the relation between the Marxian doctrine and Marxist dictatorships and, second, a reason to suspect that Marxism may be eternal. This series of talks mostly will be based on my article published in the Russian political and sociological journal “A Different View”, edited by an eminent historian and world religions scholar Andrei Zubov.

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“God and Randomness,” Feb. 2 & 16, 2018.

by abrunstingcomcastnet

Dear reader, Here are my slides. Please share your comments. I’d like to know what you think. Respectfully, — Al

Slides of part 1, Feb 2

Slides of part 2, Feb. 16

Towards optimal organization of large laboratories: the case of HEP and Fermilab

by pronskikh

Dear Colleagues,

on January 19, Prof. S. Perovic (Dept of Philosophy, U Belgrade), the leader of a collaboration between U Belgrade and U Bohum, will present collaboration’s research on optimal organization of large laboratories. During first half hour of the meeting, Prof. Perovic will be explaining the general idea of the research and its outcomes, and then Dr. V. Sikimic (Dept of Philosophy, U Belgrade) will be briefly introducing the use of quantitative techniques in their work. During the second half of the meeting, all participants will be invited to discuss the findings and the survey for large labs prepared by the collaboration, express opinions, and raise question. Large lab optimization is a highly topical issue nowadays, and all interested are welcome to discuss the approaches philosophers and social scientists use.

Meanwhile, please take a look at the papers. The collaboration would appreciate if you could take a look (especially, critical look) at the survey, try it out, and suggest possible improvements.


(intended for large labs to gather information necessary for their optimization (draft version for discussion)


Supplementary materials (papers by the collaboration):

Optimal research team composition: data envelopment analysis of Fermilab experiments

How Theories of Induction Can Streamline Measurements of Scientific Performance

Fermilab soc epist HEP edit revision

Coopetition model of knowledge sharing in science: an Eastern-European case study


Discussion on “Whence Evil?”

by alexeyburov

Dear colleagues,

Many thanks for each of you participated in this intense discussion ignited by the Matt’s talk. The slides are publicly available:

Matt’s summary

Al’s table

Alexey’s comments.

Happy new year for each of you, and see you next time Friday Jan 19, same place, same hour.


Whence Evil Slides

by matthewandorf

Dear all,
Please find the slides from our meeting on December 8. Our next meeting on January 5th will be for discussion. I hope you found my presentation interesting and look forward to the discussion. Whence Evil

Matt Andorf, “Whence Evil?”, Dec 8

by alexeyburov

Dear all,

The speaker at our meeting of Friday Dec 8 will be Matt Andorf, whose talk is entitled as

Whence Evil?


Is the idea of a perfectly good, omnipotent and omniscient god inconsistent with a world that contains evil? I will examine attempts made by philosophers and theologians to show the compatibility with a good god and the all too common presents of evil found in our world. We will examine the so called “free will defense” as well as an alternative theodicy advanced by John Hick.

While discussed this topic with Matt, I was pleased to see seriousness, persistence and versatility of his attempts to clarify that. This talk will consist of two parts; the second one will be two weeks later, Dec. 22.

The place and time are usual: Req Room (WH4NW), 12:00

Everybody is welcome; feel free to come with your lunch.