Dr. Joseph E. Brenner
Joseph E. Brenner, Ph.D. was born in Paris in 1934, the son of the
American sculptor Michael Brenner (Lithuania, 1885 – New York, 1969).
After primary and secondary education in New York, he earned B.A. and
M.S. degrees from the University of Chicago. In 1958, he earned a Ph.D.
in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, which was
followed by postdoctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology, Zurich and the Massachusetts Institute of
In 1960, he joined the E. I. Du Pont de Nemours Company at its Wilmington, Delaware laboratory as a polymer chemist. From 1965 to his retirement in 1994, he was involved in corporate development and technology transfer with Du Pont de Nemours International in Geneva, Switzerland, working primarily in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe, including the former Soviet Union.
In 1998, he began collaboration with Basarab Nicolescu, Professor (em.) of Theoretical Physics at the University of Paris VI and President of the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET) in Paris. The primary objective of this ongoing collaboration has been to make the logical system of the Franco-Romanian thinker Stéphane Lupasco (Bucharest, 1900 – Paris, 1988) accessible to English-language readers. Joe’s extension and updating of this work has been the subject of publications and presentations at conferences and seminars in Europe, the U.S., China, and Brazil.
Joe’s current research focus is on the application of his extension of logic to real systems in the areas of the theory and philosophy of information and other complex processes such as consciousness and change. Cooperation in the field of information has been with the Foundations of Information Science initiative led by Professors Pedro Marijuan (University of Zaragoza, Spain) and Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Technical University of Vienna, Austria.)
Most recently, Joe started an active collaboration with Professor Wu Kun, Head of the International Center for the Philosophy of Information at the Jiaotong University in Xi’An. He was named Associate Director of this Center and has been closely involved with the organization of the 1st International Conference on the Philosophy of Information held in Xi’An in October 2013, the 2nd in Vienna in 2015, and the 3rd scheduled for Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017.
He has also been involved with the International Society for Information Studies (IS4SI), formed in 2011 and centered in Vienna, Austria with the participation of many information and intelligence science workers from China and Russia. He is a Member of the Board of IS4SI with responsibility for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity.
Joe is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Swiss Society for Logic and the Philosophy of Science and the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET) in Paris. He recently joined the Editorial Board of the new, online, peer-reviewed Journal Philosophies.
His publications include Logic in Reality, Information in Reality: Logic and Metaphysics, Natural Operators, Social Operators, and Symbolic Operators, Wu Kun and the Metaphilosophy of Information, Information as a Natural and Social Operator, and The Logic of the Physics of Information. Read his ResearchGate page.