A U. S. citizen born in Paris, Joseph E. Brenner studied organic chemistry in the U.S. and Switzerland, followed by a career in the chemical industry. After retirement, he joined the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET, Paris), working with its Director, the theoretical physicist Basarab Nicolescu, who introduced him to the non-standard logic of Stéphane Lupasco. Brenner then published a book, Logic in Reality, and a series of papers to up-date and make this logic available in English. Later, through contacts especially with Pedro Marijuan and Wolfgang Hofkirchner, he began to concentrate on the application of the Lupasco logic to the science and then the philosophy of information. In 2010 he started a fruitful collaboration with Wu Kun, Director of the International Center for the Philosophy of Information at the Xi’An Jiaotong University, Xi’An, China, of which he was appointed Associate Director. Recent work has emphasized Wu’s concepts of the convergence of science and philosophy, under the influence of information. Brenner has also been involved, since its formation in 2011, with the International Society for the Study of Information (IS4SI), serving as Vice-President, Transdisciplinary Projects. Also he was elected Member of the UTI Research Group after fruitful co-operation. Brenner’s current interests are in the reconceptualization of natural philosophy and the further application of his logic and philosophy (“Philosophy in Reality”) in the support of the Global Sustainable Information Society. Publications on these topics have appeared recently primarily in the Journals Information and Philosophies.
Dr. habil. in Philosophy in 1991, Professor of Philosophy in 1993. Head of Chair of Philosophy and Methodology of Science, Philosophical Department, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, since 1997. President of Ukrainian Synergetic Society since 2002.
Participation in international projects: 2001-2004 head of the Kyiv group of the INTAS project Human Strategies in complexity: Philosophical Foundations for a Theory of Evolutionary Systems carried out in conjunction with the UTI Research Group; 2005-2007 member of the Russian and Ukrainian research project Post-non-classical Methodologies: Becoming, Development, Principles, Perspectives; 2008-2010 member of the Russian and Ukrainian research project Post-non-classical Practices in the Changing World.
Research interests: philosophy and methodology of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of synergetics, epistemology, synergetic approach to education.
Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski. As a Professor of Information Processing he worked at the Humboldt-University in Berlin more than twenty years.
Fuchs-Kittowski was born December the 31st 1934 in Berlin. From 1956 to 1961 he studied philosophy in Leipzig. After obtaining the diploma he started a postgraduate training in Biochemistries, Biology, in mathematical foundations of cybernetics and in philosophy of sciences at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. In his postgraduate studies, he was concerned especially with philosophical and methodological problems of molecular biology and cybernetics and obtained his PhD in Philosophy in 1963 with the topic The problem of determinism, technical control and regulation events in the living organism. In 1964, he was among the founders of the Computer Center of the Humboldt-University. At the computer center of the Humboldt-University he worked especially in the field of computer application for economic mass data processing and for assisting some management and administrative processes of the Humboldt-University, as well as in medicine and health care in the medical school of the Humboldt-University, the Charité.
In 1968, Fuchs-Kittowski was among the founders of the department of “Economical Cybernetics and Operation Research”, the later department for “Theory and Organization of Science” of the Humboldt-University. He started as lecturer for philosophical and methodological problems of cybernetics. He received the doctor's Phil. Habil. degree in 1971. The publication of his thesis Problems of determinism and of cybernetics in molecular biology, Fischer Verlag Jena (1969 and second, extended edition 1976), was awarded with the "Rudolf Virchow Prize", the medical research prize of the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
In 1969, Fuchs-Kittowski became vice director of science at the department for “Theory and Organization of Science” of Humboldt-University and became the head of the division of “Information system design and automated information processing”. He was director for research of the department from 1969 to 1976. On the 1st of September in 1972 he was appointed full professor for information processing. His teaching and research activities were especially oriented to methodological and social problems of designing computerized information systems for the management and administration of scientific institutes and medicine and health care, as well as to problems of theory of science, philosophical and methodological problems of bio-sciences and information processing, notably to problems related to social‑economic and developmental aspects of informatics/information sciences and cognitive sciences.
Fuchs-Kittowski became a member of the Society of Informatics (GI) and the Society of Physical and Mathematical Biology of the GDR.
He became a member of the IIASA-Committee (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) of the Academy of Science of the GDR, and worked together with the IIASA-group on Modeling of Healthcare Systems and on Data-Communication.
He became member of IFIP/TC9 (International Federation of Information Processing, Technical Committee 9 – Interaction of Computer and Society). For six years he was the chairman of the working group 1: “Computer and Work” of the IFIP/TC9. For this work, he received the IFIP Silver Core.
In 1989, Fuchs-Kittowski had the opportunity to start scientific work in a project on Evolution of Information Structures led by Peter Fleissner at the Vienna University of Technology. This “Vienna Circle of Informatics” developed a unifying concept of evolving Information.
Fuchs-Kittowski was visiting Professor at the department of Informatics of the University in Hamburg and visiting Professor at the department of Economical Informatics of the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.
Until now he was teaching at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin in the field of “Environmental Informatics and Society”, with the special interests in design, sustainability and green information and communication technologies (ICT), in computerization in organizations, the interrelation between science, information technology and society, in theory of Biology and Informatics.
Fuchs-Kittowski is concerned with the social dimensions of computing in social organizations, in environmental protection and in health care, with methodologies, techniques of a user oriented analysis and design of information systems, human-computer interaction, epistemological and methodological problems of information processing and emergent Information/Systems.
As of today, Fuchs-Kittowski is member of the "German Computer Society" (GI) and Member of the “German Society of Cybernetics, System and Information Theory” and of the “Society of Science Research” (Science of Science). In 1999, he was elected member of the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin.
As a recognized victim persecuted by German fascism, Fuchs-Kittowski is a member of the Association VVN-BdA e.V. (“Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes - Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten e.V.) and also a member of the "German Peace Council" as well as of “The forum of computer scientists for peace and social responsibility” and of the trade union Verdi.
From 1994 to 2018 Fuchs-Kittowski was chairman of the Berlin Association of Higher Education and Science (Verband Hochschule und Wissenschaft of Berlin - VHW-Berlin) in the DBB Beamtenbund und Tarifunion and thus also a member of the VHW Federal Executive Committee.
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