The work of philosopher Saul Kripke, who was born and raised in Omaha and who is professor emeritus at Princeton University, will be the subject of a three-day conference beginning today at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Kripke’s impact on modern philosophy began when he proved his first theorem on modal logic as a 17-year-old student at Omaha Central High School. Kripke’s father, Rabbi Myer S. Kripke, led the Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, while his mother, Dorothy K. Kripke, wrote educational books for children on the Jewish faith.
During his 50-year career, Kripke became a leading influence in the world of modal logic.
Scholars from around the world are expected to attend the conference, which is free and open to the public. Events run each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mammel Hall on UNO’s Pacific campus. It will conclude with a keynote lecture from Kripke beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
— Leslie Reed