CENTER LEO APOSTEL
for Interdisciplinary Studies
About the Center
The Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) was founded in 1995 as a transdisciplinary research department. It is situated at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), but its scientific council is composed of members of different Flemish universities. It is named after the Belgian philosopher and logician Leo Apostel (1925-1995). Apostel donated the money of the Solvay prize, which he received for his life work, to the VUB in order to create such a center.
The center's aim is the development of world views that integrate the results of different scientific and cultural disciplines (as elaborated by Apostel and collaborators in their treatise "Worldviews: from fragmentation to integration"). CLEA in particular tries to bridge the gap between the natural sciences and the social sciences and humanities.
CLEA's key objectives were summarized by Apostel as:
CLEA employs several researchers at the graduate, post-doc and tenure level. They perform high level research in a variety of subjects, including the foundations of the natural sciences (and in particular quantum structures), evolution of complexity, consciousness, cognition and creativity, emergence of social systems, science and art, intelligent webs, and social imaginaries as force and limit for the comprehension of the social, cultural, political and ethical dynamic, and the dynamic of meaning in life.
CLEA has organized the very successful interdisciplinary conference 'Einstein meets Magritte', of which the 8 volume proceedings have recently been published by Kluwer Academic. In addition, CLEA members have published many papers and books.
In its continuing commitment to world views research CLEA has organised the international conference Times of Entanglement, in the context of the Shanghai World Expo (21-22 September 2010, Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, PR China). This event gathered an international group of scholars reflecting on creativity, intuition and entangling conceptions of reality. More information can be found on the dedicated conference website.
CLEA is associated with the following international organizations:
CLEA presides a "Research Community" of research centers collaborating on the Construction of Integrating World Views. The Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders provides these centers with funding to organize meetings and exchanges. The other participating centers are:
CLEA co-operates with the interdisciplinary and pluralist Worldviews group, a non-profit organisation established in 1990, under the dynamic leadership of Leo Apostel. Worldviews is created as a reaction against the growing fragmentation in our actual society and is calling for integrating world-view research.
Public defense of PhD dissertation by Pieter Meurs on The Myths of Globalization. Thinking the limits of world-forming, Fri 24 May 2013, 16:00–18:00, Promotiezaal D.2.01 (building D)
Public defense of PhD dissertation by Clement Vidal on The Beginning and the End: Cosmological Speculation and the Meaning of Life, Mon 27 May 2013, 14:00–16:00, Promotiezaal D.2.01 (building D)
Center Leo Apostel
Phone secretary's office:
It is located just outside the VUB campus "Oefenplein", 2nd side street on the left on the Triomflaan, when coming from the Gen. Jacqueslaan, see: how to find the VUB
CLEA has an electronic mailing list, clea-wg, for all people wishing to keep informed about CLEA activities such as seminars. In order to join, send the one line message "subscribe clea-wg" to email@example.com
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