(HPS Visiting Scholar)
Al. I. Cuza University, Romania
Fall Term 2004
Social Ontology: The Constructivist Approach
Radu Dudau (PhD, Konstanz, 2002) is lecturer in philosophy at Al.
I Cuza University of Iasi (Romania). He works on philosophy of science
and philosophy of language. While visiting the Center from September
2004 to February 2005 as a Fulbright scholar, his research topic
was the ontology of social entities - that is, of things and facts
depending for their existence on human collective intentionality.
Those results are central to a broader research theme he is currently
engaged in: naturalizing culture. He hopes to provide fairly soon
the whole picture in a book currently in progress.
Radu was very impressed with Pittsburgh's musical scene. He enjoyed
excellent jazz and rock. On Pittsburgh's South Side he discovered
math rock – ask for Don Caballero if you're intrigued –
probably a contamination of the local arts with the Center's rigor.