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Karavaev Eduard Fedorovich

Professor, Ph.D

Профессор, доктор философских наук Эдуард Фёдорович КараваевEducation

  • Master Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, St.-Petersburg (Leningrad)
    Aviation Instrument Making Institute, Russia, 1962.  Russia. Diploma with Honours.
  • Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Mechanics, St.-Petersburg (Leningrad) State University, Russia, 1962-1965.
  • Special Student, University of Kiev, the Ukraine, 1965.
  • Post-Graduate Studies, University of St.-Petersburg, Russia, 1969-1972.
  • Candidate of Science / Logic, St.-Petersburg (Leningrad) State University, Russia, 1972.
  • Associate Professor in the Department of philosophy, 1978.
  • Doctor of Philosophy / Logic, Institute of Philosophy, the Ukraine, 1988.
  • Professor in the Department of philosophy, 1989.

The topic of the Candidate thesis: "Tense-logic. The formation of the basic ideas and present-day state” (specialization 09.00.07 – logic). 1972.  Scientific supervisor -J.N.Brodsky.

The topic of the Doctorate thesis: "Philosophical Problems of Tense-Logic". 1988. (specialization 09.00.07 – logic).   Scientific consultant  - J.N.Brodsky.

Scientific achievements

  • The author already in 1983 (one of the first specialists in Russian philosophical logic), published a monograph ("The Foundations of Temporal Logic"), in which, on the basis of the research initiated by him in the late 1960s (it is worth be recalled that temporal logic emerged in the middle of the 1950s, thanks to A.N.Prior), the author showed that the appearance of temporal logic was quite natural and “logical”, and reflects methodological queries of science associated with both the study of actual problems of time itself and the necessity of time qualification of the languages used in different disciplines. In this research, primarily physical, but also others (e.g., psychophysiological), the results concerning time and our perception of it, are inculcated in the logic with preserving the standards of formalization (correctness, adequacy, completeness, and decidability of the calculi).
  • The author proposed an axiomatization of the notion of simultaneity based on the  temporary precedence relation built from the basic relationships between elements of a treelike structure. As a result, a system of temporal logic what we are building takes into account the significant number of substantial characteristics of time.
  • The author presented a thorough critique of attempts to "rationale" of fatalism, through reference in logic.
  • He suggested backup claims about the special value of the temporal logic and temporal qualification for artificial intelligence and for language development of space communications with other civilizations. Means of temporal logic allow improve the widely used method of "information modeling". You can also point to the possibility of combining the language of temporal logic and language of game theory.
  • The author has considered the questions about the appropriateness of combining the means of temporal logic and deontic logic, and has provided justification of the inability to avoid the (moral) dilemmas and to build the "flawless" normative code in principle.
  • Semantics, based on the above mentioned tree structure, apparently, allows you to get a better idea about the structure of strategic management in the field of management. The author has compiled a companion to the concept of "bounded rationality" (offered by H. Simon), which takes into account the effect of the "paradox strategy” found on solid empirical material by M. Raynor.
  • Finally, it appears that the account of objective chance, "pervasive" the world as a whole, can be improved if, along with that provides a "diagnosis according to Bayes", we should use a temporary qualification of the difference of odds in favor and against this hypothesis.

Professional and public recognition:

  • 1974 Logical dictionary-reference book. M.: Nauka, 1974. (In Russian)
  • 1987  Ω-Bibliography of Mathematical Logic. Vol. II. Non-Classical Logics / Ed. by G.H.Műller. Berlin; Heidelberg; New York: Springer-Verlag, 1987.
  • 1995 Philosophers of Russia of XIX-XX centuries (biographies, ideas, works). M.: Book and business, 1995. (In Russian)
  • 2000  “The 20th Century Award for Achievement”. Cambridge, England: The International Biographical Centre, 2000.
  • 2000 Logical bibliographic dictionary (Russia-USSR-Russia). SPb.: Nauka, 2000. (In Russian)
  • 2004 Professors of the St.- Petersburg State University: Bibliographic dictionary. SPb.: Publishing house of the S.-Peterb. University, 2004. (In Russian)
  • 2010  Who is Who in Russia. 4 вып. 2010. Zug Schweiz: Verlag fűr Personenenzyklopädien, AG, 2010. (In Russian)


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