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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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Mathematical Empiricism. ...

17 Mar 2018 | 01 hr 23 mins 19 secs

Mathematical Empiric...

17 Mar 2018 | 01 hr 23 mins 19 secs

Notations and Diagrams in...

17 Mar 2018 | 19 mins 12 secs

Notations and Diagra...

17 Mar 2018 | 19 mins 12 secs

Ethics and Morality in th...

17 Mar 2018 | 53 mins 33 secs

Ethics and Morality ...

17 Mar 2018 | 53 mins 33 secs

Degrees of Truth Explaine...

17 Mar 2018 | 17 mins 35 secs

Degrees of Truth Exp...

17 Mar 2018 | 17 mins 35 secs

What Are No-Go Theorems G...

17 Mar 2018 | 20 mins 11 secs

What Are No-Go Theor...

17 Mar 2018 | 20 mins 11 secs

Mathematical Philosophy a...

17 Mar 2018 | 35 mins 17 secs

Mathematical Philoso...

17 Mar 2018 | 35 mins 17 secs

Valuing Questions

17 Mar 2018 | 18 mins 45 secs

Valuing Questions

17 Mar 2018 | 18 mins 45 secs

Relating Theories of Inte...

17 Mar 2018 | 19 mins 11 secs

Relating Theories of...

17 Mar 2018 | 19 mins 11 secs

Inductive Reasoning with ...

17 Mar 2018 | 22 mins 19 secs

Inductive Reasoning ...

17 Mar 2018 | 22 mins 19 secs

Five Years MCMP: Looking ...

17 Mar 2018 | 23 mins 21 secs

Five Years MCMP: Loo...

17 Mar 2018 | 23 mins 21 secs

On Some Puzzling Features...

17 Mar 2018 | 01 hr 08 mins 04 secs

On Some Puzzling Fea...

17 Mar 2018 | 01 hr 08 mins 04 secs

On the Role of Supplement...

17 Mar 2018 | 01 hr 03 mins 39 secs

On the Role of Suppl...

17 Mar 2018 | 01 hr 03 mins 39 secs

Causation & Time Reversal

17 Mar 2018 | 58 mins 08 secs

Causation & Time Rev...

17 Mar 2018 | 58 mins 08 secs

On the Relationship Betwe...

17 Mar 2018 | 56 mins 35 secs

On the Relationship ...

17 Mar 2018 | 56 mins 35 secs

Turbulence, Universality ...

17 Mar 2018 | 44 mins 21 secs

Turbulence, Universa...

17 Mar 2018 | 44 mins 21 secs