torsdag den 13. august 2009

Matematikfilosofisk foredrag

Center for Naturfilosofi og Videnskabsstudier præsenterer

et foredrag med

Mary Leng,

Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool

Why do philosophers worry about mathematical knowledge?

We all know lots of mathematical truths: that 2 + 2 = 4; that there are infinitely many prime numbers; that π is irrational ... . Indeed, unlike most interesting truths about empirical matters of fact, most of these mathematical truths are known, or at least are knowable, with certainty. That, at least, is what most of us would assume. Why is it, then, that some philosophers persist in worrying not just that our mathematical knowledge may not be certain, but that we may have no mathematical knowledge at all? This talk will consider the reasons why philosophers do, and indeed should, worry about mathematical knowledge (while reassuring mathematicians that these worries need not stop them from doing what they do best - proving theorems).

Foredraget er henvendt til et bredt publikum. Det finder sted torsdag den 24. september kl. 16.15 til 17.00 i auditorium A, Niels Bohr Instituttet, Blegdamsvej 17. Der vil være mulighed for at stille spørgsmål efter foredraget. Foredraget er gratis og alle er velkomne.

Kontaktperson: Mikkel Willum Johansen, willum [snabel-a]