The Argentine philosopher Mario Bunge has passed away at the age of one hundred in Montreal (Canada), a city where he lived after occupying since 1966 the Frothingham Chair of Logic and Metaphysics at McGill University, reports the Princess of Asturias Foundation, which in 1982 awarded him the award of Communication and Humanities.
Physicist and philosopher, Bunge was the author of an abundant philosophical production focused on the Methodology and Philosophy of Science after receiving a humanistic and philosophical training based on the reading of literature classics and authors such as Hegel, Marx, Freud and Rusell , of which he would later distance himself critically.
Coming from a German family related to Spaniards from the Basque Country and Asturias, he studied physics and mathematics at the National University of La Plata, and after being the co-founder in 1944 of the prestigious Argentine Physical Association he saw his university career truncated because of his ethical and political commitments.
After the fall of Perón, he was reinstated at the University of Buenos Aires and appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics and Philosophy of Science until he left his country in 1963 and passed through American and German universities. He finally settled in 1966 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Founder of the philosophy magazine Minerva (1944-45), he was co-founder of the Rioplatense Association of Logic and Scientific Philosophy (1956), of which he was president. He broke into author in 1959 in the field of Theory of Science with his work "Causality: The Place of the Causal Principle in Modern Science", translated into seven languages, and in which he defends an expanded principle of determinism in modern science .
In 1967 he published his treatise on the theory of science, "Scientific Research", translated two years later into Spanish, and whose repercussion among scholars of the philosophy of science has been notorious.
Among his works in the Spanish language, "Theory and reality", "Philosophy of physics", "Epistemology, Materialism and science", "The mind-brain problem" or "Economy and philosophy" stand out, and between 1969 and 1989 Bunge worked in the construction of a philosophical system that encompasses ontology, semantics, knowledge theory, philosophy of science and technology, values theory and ethics.
Distinguished with sixteen honorary doctorates and four honorary professors, in 2009 he received the Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2014 the Ludwig von Bertalanffy Prize after in 1982 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities in the second edition of the awards They carry the title of the heir of the Spanish Crown.
The jury highlighted his contribution to the analysis and foundation of theories in the field of Natural and Social Sciences with a long series of works that have greatly influenced the research carried out in these matters both in Spain and in Latin America, "according to the minutes.
After knowing the death of Bunge, the director of the Princess of Asturias Foundation, Teresa Sanjurjo, has expressed her regret for the death of "one of the most influential philosophers and thinkers of the twentieth century, with a fruitful work, an intense and fruitful work teacher and researcher and a wide and deep knowledge ".
According to Sanjurjo, works such as the "Treaty of Philosophy" are an example of the importance of his work and a symbol of the values that were recognized with the prize and he remembers "with more intensity than ever" his magnificent work, his dedication and wisdom , "as well as the very positive influence that his work has had on other researchers and professors around the world."
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