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Foundations Interest Group

Meeting time: 4:00–6:00 pm Thursdays

Meeting place: 737 Heller Hall

The foundations interest group (FIG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the philosophy and foundations of mathematics and in the philosophy of logic. We select readings for a variety of reasons: to keep up on the most exciting developments in the field, to help participants scrutinize literature relevant to research, to provide feedback on works in progress being written by FIG, to revisit classic articles in the literature, and sometimes just to have fun discussing a topic related to the foundations of mathematics and the philosophy of logic.

Our meetings are informal and some participants need to arrive late or leave early because of scheduling conflicts. All faculty and graduate students from the University of Minnesota and area colleges and universities are welcome to attend whenever they would like (without invitation) and without giving advanced notice. Undergraduates are included by invitation. If you know of an undergraduate who is well suited and possibly interested, please contact Roy T. Cook so an invitation can be extended.

Spring 2018

This semester FIG will be reading "Abstractionism: Essays in Philosophy of Mathematics" edited by Philips A. Ebert and Marcus Rossberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

January 18: Organizational meeting

January 25: Ebert, Philip A. and Rossberg, Marcus 2016. "Abtractionism: Essays in Philosophy of Mathematics" Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 1 Introduction and Chapter 2 Caesar and Circularity, pp 349. (pdf)

February 1:

February 8:

February 15:

February 22:

March 1:

March 8:

March 15: No meeting Spring Break

March 22:

March 29:

April 5:

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April 19:

April 26:

May 3:

Fall 2017

This Fall, FIG will be meeting in conjunction with PHIL8220 in 731 Heller Hall. Readings and information can be found on the course page. Contact Geoffrey Hellman for more details.

Special extra meeting

December 1: Berenstain, N. 2017. "The applicability of mathematics to physical modality" Synthese 194:3361–3377

Previous Foundations Interest Group Discussion Topics

For more information, please contact Roy T. Cook or Janet McKernan.

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