CCSU’s Philosophy & Society Circle
cordially invites you to attend two lectures presented as part of a three day workshop on collaborative inquiry
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy
Radioactive Waste Disposal and Protection of the Future Public
by Dr. John Tauxe
The Socratic Method and the Extended Epistemology of Co-operative Inquiry
by Dr. Gabriel Ricci
Place: Marcus White Living Room (2nd floor)
Date: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
John Tauxe earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (1994), a B.A. in Earth Science from Wesleyan University (1984) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Mexico. John changed his career track from heading into academic marine geology to water resources and environmental engineering, since these are more closely tied to social issues. Dr. Tauxe has worked in the realm of radioactive waste as a modeler and advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and for private industry. With colleagues at Neptune and Company, he has been pushing the envelope of waste disposal modeling methodologies as well as pressuring for revisions in diverse regulations to make them more risk-based. While, as he puts it. this is much like attempting to steer an aircraft carrier with a canoe paddle, John continues to fight the good fight.
Dr. Gabriel R. Ricci pursued graduate work at the University of Hamburg, holds a Ph.D from Temple University, an M.S.W. from Temple University where after a post-doctoral teaching fellowship he taught for ten years, and an A.B. from St. Joseph’s University. He is Associate Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College, where has taught in the History and Philosophy Departments since 1996, serving as the chair of the History Department from 2004 to 2011. Ricci teaches courses in The Ancient World, the Enlightenment, and Applied Ethics, having developed the College’s first offering in Environmental Ethics. His early research interests were in German historicism, Giambattista Vico, Ernst Troeltsch, Martin Heidegger and Continental Philosophy. Current research interests address the relationship between nature and norm in the ancient world and the intersection of European philosophy and literature in the early twentieth century. His work has appeared in Existentia, History of European Ideas, and Humanitas. His books include a translation of Victor Farias’ Heidegger and Nazism (Temple University, 1989) and two monographs, Time Consciousness, The Philosophical Uses of History (Transaction Publishers, 2002) and The Tempo of Modernity (Transaction Publishers, 2011). He is the editor of the annual series Religion & Public Life (Transaction Publishers), and of the annual series, Culture and Civilization (Transaction Publishers).