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The foundation has a new board of directors and a new address.


The Foundation engages mainly in three areas:
  • dialectical logic und speculative philosophy,
  • legal theory, and
  • applied ethics.

Centre for environmental and technology ethics

Centre for Legal Theory

The Centre would support the interdisciplinary study of the conceptual, social and political foundations of law with particular reference to the role of colonialism in the emergence of modern forms of law.

The genre of legal theory pursued at the Centre continues the interdisciplinary endeavours of Critical Legal Theory and of Legal Studies in the common law jurisdictions of Great Britain and its erstwhile colonies. What is characteristic of this genre is the displacement and critique of the point of view internal to law by reference to points of view of other disciplines or theoretical approaches.

The Centre has three principal foci: foundations of law, the study of law as a social and cultural phenomenon, and law's relation to its past within particular jurisdictions. The legacy of British colonialism in the legal relations established with indigenous peoples in the former colonies is a particular topic of research at the Centre.

The language of the Centre is English.

Centre for the development of speculative logic

Building on Uwe Petersen's work in dialectical logic and speculative philosophy (cf. Diagonal Method and Dialectical Logic, in particluar Part G, The Calculus of Dialectical Logic) the Centre pursues the goal of locating thought determinations in an area which is occupied in classical (as well as intuitionistic) sequential logic by the structural rules. On the basis of a higher-order logic, i.e. a logic with unrestricted abstraction, which has no structural rules at all (not even associativity of assumptions which is commonly provided without explicit mention), the role of the structural rules is to be replaced in a step by step fashion by intensional notions. The number of basic logical constants is to be kept as low as possibly, preferably only a single one, a form of inclusion. The intensional notions to be developed are designed to reflect the characteristic features of classical thought determinations (categories). The introduction of the Z-inferences and the definition of the notions of necessity and weak implication in Capter XXXIII of Diagonal Method and Dialectical Logic serve as a paradigm here.