MCMP – Epistemology

MCMP – Epistemology

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Mathematical Philosophy - the application of logical and mathematical methods in philosophy - is about to experience a tremendous boom in various areas of philosophy. At the new Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, which is funded mostly by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, philosophical research will be carried out mathematically, that is, by means of methods that are very close to those used by the scientists. The purpose of doing philosophy in this way is not to reduce philosophy to mathematics or to natural science in any sense; rather mathematics is applied in order to derive philosophical conclusions from philosophical assumptions, just as in physics mathematical methods are used to derive physical predictions from physical laws. Nor is the idea of mathematical philosophy to dismiss any of the ancient questions of philosophy as irrelevant or senseless: although modern mathematical philosophy owes a lot to the heritage of the Vienna and Berlin Circles of Logical Empiricism, unlike the Logical Empiricists most mathematical philosophers today are driven by the same traditional questions about truth, knowledge, rationality, the nature of objects, morality, and the like, which were driving the classical philosophers, and no area of traditional philosophy is taken to be intrinsically misguided or confused anymore. It is just that some of the traditional questions of philosophy can be made much clearer and much more precise in logical-mathematical terms, for some of these questions answers can be given by means of mathematical proofs or models, and on this basis new and more concrete philosophical questions emerge. This may then lead to philosophical progress, and ultimately that is the goal of the Center.
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Mathematical Philosophy - the application of logical and mathematical methods in philosophy - is about to experience a tremendous boom in various areas of philosophy. At the new Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, which is funded mostly by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, philosophical research will be carried out mathematically, that is, by means of methods that are very close to those used by the scientists. The purpose of doing philosophy in this way is not to reduce philosophy to mathematics or to natural science in any sense; rather mathematics is applied in order to derive philosophical conclusions from philosophical assumptions, just as in physics mathematical methods are used to derive physical predictions from physical laws. Nor is the idea of mathematical philosophy to dismiss any of the ancient questions of philosophy as irrelevant or senseless: although modern mathematical philosophy owes a lot to the heritage of the Vienna and Berlin Circles of Logical Empiricism, unlike the Logical Empiricists most mathematical philosophers today are driven by the same traditional questions about truth, knowledge, rationality, the nature of objects, morality, and the like, which were driving the classical philosophers, and no area of traditional philosophy is taken to be intrinsically misguided or confused anymore. It is just that some of the traditional questions of philosophy can be made much clearer and much more precise in logical-mathematical terms, for some of these questions answers can be given by means of mathematical proofs or models, and on this basis new and more concrete philosophical questions emerge. This may then lead to philosophical progress, and ultimately that is the goal of the Center.
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Reasoning biases and non-...

18 Apr 2019 | 59 mins 42 secs

Reasoning biases and...

18 Apr 2019 | 59 mins 42 secs

Reasons to Believe and Re...

18 Apr 2019 | 58 mins 21 secs

Reasons to Believe a...

18 Apr 2019 | 58 mins 21 secs

Garber and Field Conditio...

18 Apr 2019 | 48 mins 49 secs

Garber and Field Con...

18 Apr 2019 | 48 mins 49 secs

How to be a truthy psycho...

18 Apr 2019 | 53 mins 28 secs

How to be a truthy p...

18 Apr 2019 | 53 mins 28 secs

Structure Induction in Di...

18 Apr 2019 | 59 mins 48 secs

Structure Induction ...

18 Apr 2019 | 59 mins 48 secs

Epistemically Detrimental...

18 Apr 2019 | 41 mins 04 secs

Epistemically Detrim...

18 Apr 2019 | 41 mins 04 secs

Models of rationality and...

18 Apr 2019 | 49 mins 34 secs

Models of rationalit...

18 Apr 2019 | 49 mins 34 secs

Epistemic Landscapes and ...

18 Apr 2019 | 57 mins 07 secs

Epistemic Landscapes...

18 Apr 2019 | 57 mins 07 secs

Fast, Frugal and Focused:...

18 Apr 2019 | 42 mins 36 secs

Fast, Frugal and Foc...

18 Apr 2019 | 42 mins 36 secs

The Principal Principle i...

18 Apr 2019 | 01 hr 02 mins 06 secs

The Principal Princi...

18 Apr 2019 | 01 hr 02 mins 06 secs

New Responses to Some Pur...

21 Jul 2015 | 52 mins 29 secs

New Responses to Som...

21 Jul 2015 | 52 mins 29 secs

The Formation of Epistemi...

21 Jul 2015 | 49 mins 05 secs

The Formation of Epi...

21 Jul 2015 | 49 mins 05 secs

Disagreement and Epistemi...

08 Jul 2015 | 01 hr 02 mins 22 secs

Disagreement and Epi...

08 Jul 2015 | 01 hr 02 mins 22 secs

A Pragmatic Vindication o...

12 May 2015 | 54 mins 06 secs

A Pragmatic Vindicat...

12 May 2015 | 54 mins 06 secs

An Axiomatization of Indi...

11 May 2015 | 53 mins 13 secs

An Axiomatization of...

11 May 2015 | 53 mins 13 secs