Joseph E. Brenner

Joseph E. Brenner

Joseph E. Brenner was born in Paris in 1934, the son of the American sculptor Michael Brenner (Lithuania, 1885 – NewYork, 1969). After primary and secondary education in New York, he received 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 Technology.
In 1960, he joined the E. I. Du Pont de Nemours Company at its Wilmington, Delaware laboratory as a polymer chemist. From1965 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.
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 on-going collaboration has been to make the logical system of the Franco-Romanian thinker Stéphane Lupasco (Bucharest, 1900 – Paris, 1988) accessible to English-language readers. Brenner’s extension and up-dating of this work has been the subject of publications and presentations at conferences and seminars in Europe, Brazil, China and the U.S.A.

Current Research Interests
Brenner’s current 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.)



Dr. Brenner is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the New York Academy of Sciences; the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research (Paris); and the Swiss Society for Logic and the Philosophy of Science. He recently joined the Editorial Board of the on-line, peer-reviewed journal triple-C Cognition, Communication, Cooperation for a Global Sustainable Information Society.



  • Brenner, J. E. 2005. Process in Reality: A Logical Offering. Logic and Logical Philosophy, 14, 165-178; 187-189.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2006. A Transconsistent Logic for Model-Based Reasoning. In Proceedings of the 2004 Pavia Conference - Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Engineering, ed. L. Magnani. London: King’s College Publications, pp. 353-378. Brenner, J. E. 2008. Logic in Reality. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2008. The Logic of Transdisciplinarity. In Transdisciplinarity. Theory and Practice, ed. Basarab Nicolescu, 155 – 163.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2009. Prolegomenon to a Logic for the Information Society. triple-c 7(1), 38- 73.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2009. The Logic of Environmental Responsibility. Cosmopolis. A Review of Cosmopolitics, 3.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2010. Information in Reality. Logic and Metaphysics. triple-c i(i), in press.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2010. The Logic of Ethical Information. In Knowledge, Technology, Policy, ed. Hilmi Demir, 23(1-2), 109-133.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2010. The Logical Process of Model-Based Reasoning. In Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Abduction, Logic and Computational Discovery. Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 314/2010, 333-358. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2010. Levels of Abstraction. Levels of Reality. In Knowledge, Technology, Policy, ed. Hilmi Demir. Dordrecht: Springer (in press).
  • Brenner, J. E. 2010. Computing, Philosophy and Reality: A Novel Logical Approach. In Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science, ed. Jordi Vallverdú. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 238-262.
  • Brenner, J. E. 2010. Stéphane Lupasco et la Rejonction Métalogique. In A la confluence de deux cultures. Lupasco aujourd’hui. Proceedings of the International UNESCO Colloquium, Paris, March 24, 2010. Paris: Editions Oxus, pp. 250-285..
  • Brenner, J. E. 2010. The Philosophical Logic of Stéphane Lupasco. Logic and Logical Philosophy, 19 (3), pp. 243-285.