On 18 November 2010, at 12:30, in the Blue Auditorium of Collegium Maius of Opole University, Prof. dr hab. Adam Grobler (Opole University) delivered the lecture entitled How to Be a Coherent Pragmatic Realist. The lecture was held within the series of meetings of the Group of Logic, Language and Information (GLLI).
The lecturer of the day, the gathered guests and attending students were welcomed by Prof. dr hab. Janusz Czelakowski. In his short introduction, he underlined the fact that Prof. A. Grobler’s lecture was writing in the celebration of the World Day of Philosophy.
Prof. dr hab. Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska brought closer to the gathered the scientific silhouette of Prof. Grobler as an outstanding Polish philosopher dealing with questions relating to the problem area of truth and methodology of sciences. She drew attention to the fact that the Speaker is the author of a few books (including three distinguished with significant scientific awards), a translator of philosophical dissertations in the English language and the Chairperson of the Committee of Philosophical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Prof. A. Grobler presented in his lecture his own concept of truth, joining in itself three well-known epistemological standpoints related to this notion: classical, coherential and pragmatistic. The above-mentioned approaches, as well as contradictory questions in connection with them were then discussed. An argument was presented, on the power of which realism has a pragmatic justification; an instance of it is the internal realism of Putnam. Prof. Grobler drew attention to the pragmatic and realistic explanation of coherence and also to the fact that pragmatism allows for correspondence as an idealistic notion. Still, the evaluation of righteousness of idealization depends both on pragmatic and realistic respects.
The lecture was followed by a lively discussion with reference to the issues raised by the former. The discussion continued into the second part of the meeting, a seminar of GLLI, which was held in the Plafond Room of Collegium Maius of Opole University, with the participation of Prof. Grobler.
After the seminar, the members of the GLLI discussed organizational matters, in particular the state of preparations connected with the organization of the lecture to be delivered by Prof. Edward Zalta in December.