The area of INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES constitute one of the touchstones of the CLE since its foundation. The rise of groups of mixed specialists in both natural and formal sciences, philosophers, linguists and researchers in the human sciences has been encouraged as to make explicit the nature of questions of crossing areas, their underlying difficulties, the methodology employed under the distinct approaches and the structural or ideological limits which would affect the epistemological perspectives.
Since 1986, the CLE has sponsored a biweekly Seminar on Interdisciplinary Studies, aiming not only to divulgate proposals and empirical results from elsewhere but also to produce original contributions to relevant problems raised by the scientific community. This Seminar on Interdisciplinary Studies has already completed a cycle on ORDER AND DISORDER,and is presently dedicated to the questions of SELF-ORGANIZATION.
The area of LOGIC congregates, from 1993 on, mainly the group of logicians which once belonged to the Department of Mathematics of the State University of Campinas and are now part of the Department of Philosophy of that same University.
This group, formed by Walter Carnielli, Itala D'Ottaviano, Carlos Lungarzo, Antonio Mário Sette and Luiz Paulo de Alcantara,has helped to consolidate the area of Logic and Foundations of Formal Sciences in the Department of Philosophy, where Carlos Lungarzo and José Alexandre Guerzoni are still active, and where Andrés Raggio, Osvaldo Porchat,Elias Alves and Andrea Loparic had worked for a long time (they are now retired). Much impetus was obtained from the pioneer work of Newton C. A. da Costa (now working at USP), and both Ayda Ignez Arruda and Mario Tourasse Teixeira (passed away). The newest member of the group is Marcelo Coniglio, hired by the end of last year.