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Spring 2017

This semester the Foundations Interest Group will be reading Robert Hale and Aviv Hoffman's Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology (2010 Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0199565818, ISBN-10: 0199565813 ) 

January 18: Organizational meeting
January 25: Chapter 1: Merely Possible Propositions, Robert Stalnaker
February 1: Chapter 2: Logical Necessity, Ian Rumfitt
February 8: Chapter 3: Semantic Necessity, Kit Fine
February 15: Chapter 4: Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic, Timothy Williamson
February 22: Chapter 5: Is Timothy Williamson a Necessary Existent?, David Efird
March 29: Chapter 6: Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction, Gideon Rosen
March 8: Chapter 7: On the Source of Necessity, Ross Cameron
March 22: Chapter 8: The Reality of Modality, Anna Sherratt
March 29: Chapter 9: IBE, GMR, and Metaphysical Projects, Scott Shalkowksi
April 5: Chapter 10: Modal Commitments, John Divers
April 12: Chapter 11: Permission and (So-Called Epistemic) Possibility, Stephen YabloApril 19: Chapter 12: Possible Worlds and the Necessary A Posteriori, Frank JacksonApril 26: Chapter 13: Apriorism about Modality, Scott Sturgeon
May 3: Forbes, Dylan, (Draft paper) Sameness Between Fictions and the Metaphysics of Adaptation (pdf)

Fall 2016

We will read the new volume in the Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science on the mathematization of nature (a bit more historical than we've done in a while, which will be a good thing) 

The Language of Nature: Reassessing the Mathematization of Natural Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. 2015. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science Volume 20. Eds. Geoffrey Gorham, Benjamin Hill, Edward Slowik, and C. Kenneth Waters. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-language-of-nature
September 8:
 Semester organizational meeting
September 15: Reading the Book of Nature: The Ontological and Epistemological Underpinnings of Galileo’s Mathematical Realism”
Carla Rita Palmerino
September 22:
 ‘The Marriage of Physics with Mathematics’: Francis Bacon on Measurement, Mathematics and the Construction of a Mathematical Physics
Dana Jalobeanu
September 29: On the Mathematization of Free Fall: Galileo, Descartes, and a History of Misconstrual
Richard Arthur
October 6: The Mathematization of Nature in Descartes and the First Cartesians
Roger Ariew
October 13: Laws of Nature and the Mathematics of Motion
Daniel Garber
October 27: Ratios, Quotients, and the Language of Nature
Douglas Jesseph
November 3: Color By Numbers: The Harmonious Palette in Early Modern Painting
Eileen Reeves
November 10: The Role of Mathematical Practitioners and Mathematical Practice in developing Mathematics as the Language of Nature
Lesley Cormack
November 17: Leibniz on Order and the Notion of Substance: Mathematizing the Sciences of Metaphysics and Physics
Kurt Smith
December 1:  Leibniz’s Harlequinade: Nature, Infinity, and the Limits of Mathematization
Justin H. E. Smith
December 8: The Geometrical Method as a New Standard of Truth, based on the Mathematization of Nature
Ursula Goldenbaum
December 15: Philosophical Geometers and Geometrical Philosophers
Christopher Smeenk

Summer 2016

June 21: Logan, Shay, “Relevance, Harmony and Abduction,” introduction with proposed readings.
Williamson, T. (2006) Must do better. In Patrick Greenough & Michael P. Lynch (eds), Truth and Realism. Oxford University Press, 278-92.
Williamson, T. (2015). Semantic Paradoxes and Abductive Methodology. The Relevance of the Liar, edited by B. Armour-Garb. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
June 28: Williamson, T. (2013) Logic, Metalogic and Neutrality. Erkenntnis (S2): 1-21.
Priest, G. (2006) Doubt truth to be a liar. Oxford: Clarendon Press. (Chapter 7: Why It’s Irrational to Believe in Consistency)
June 30: Read, S. (2012) Relevant Logic. (This is the version on Read’s website, not the published version) Chapters 1–3.
July 5: Read, S. (2010). General-elimination harmony and the meaning of the logical constants. Journal of Philosophical Logic 39 (5): 557–76.
Read, S. (2015). General-elimination harmony and higher-level rules. In Dag Prawitz on Proofs and Meaning (pp. 293-312). Springer International Publishing
July 7: Read, S. (2000) Harmony and autonomy in classical logic. Journal of Philosophical Logic 29 (2): 123–154.
July 12: Logan, Shay, Note on Harmony and Multiplicative Versus Additive Construction (July, 2016). Nine pages.
Read, S. What is wrong with disjunctive syllogism? Analysis, Vol 41, No 2 (April 1981) pp. 66–70.
July 14: Mares, E. D. (2004). Relevant Logic: A Philosophical Interpretation. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 1–2.
July 19: Mares, E. D. (2004). Relevant Logic: A Philosophical Interpretation. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 3–4.
Logan, Shay, Relevant Logicians Don’t Reject Disjunctive Syllogism three pages, July 17, 2016
July 21: Read, S. (2012) Relevant Logic. Chapters 4–5.
July 26: Read, S. (2012) Relevant Logic. Chapters 6–7.
July 28: Read, S. (2012) Relevant Logic. Chapters 8–9.
August 2: Mares, E. D. (2004). Relevant Logic: A Philosophical Interpretation. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 5–6.
August 4: Mares, E. D. (2004). Relevant Logic: A Philosophical Interpretation. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 10–11.

Spring 2016

January 21: Semester organizational meeting
January 28: No meetng this week.
February 4: Al-Dhalimy, H., Cook, R.T. and Geyer, C.J .2016 (unpublidhed) "Surreal Numbers and Ultratasks"
February 11: Bueno, Otávio (manuscript) "Logic and Metaphysical Presuppositions"
Otávio Bueno (University of Miami) will be visiting.
February 18: Kouri, Teresa (manuscript) "Logical Pluralism from a Pragmatic Perspective"
February 25: Berg, E.D. and Cook, R.T. (manuscript) "Does Frege have a Propositional Logic?"
March 3: Calasso, M. (manuscript) "The Philosophy of Arithmetic and Ontological Methodology: A Critique of Thomas Hofweber"
March 10: No meeting
March 17: No meeting
March 24: Cook, R.T. (manuscript) Bad Company: An Essay on Neo-logicism Chapter 2.
March 31: Cook, R.T. (manuscript) Bad Company: An Essay on Neo-logicism Chapter 3.
April 7: Cook, R.T. (manuscript) Bad Company: An Essay on Neo-logicism Chapter 4.
April 14: No Meeting
April 21: No Meeting
April 28: No Meeting
May 5: Cook, R.T. (manuscript) Abstraction and Four Kinds of Invariance (Or: What's So Logical About Counting)

Fall 2015

FIG is taking a break this semester, no meetings until the Spring 2016 semester

Summer 2015

We will be reading Greg Restall's book An Introduction to Substructural Logics
(Routledge 2000).

June 16: Chapter 2, Ifs, Ands and Ors
June 25: Chapter 3 Modalities
July 2: Chapter 3 Modalities
Meetinge are weekly as we progress through the book.

Spring 2015

Michael Dummett's The Logical Basis of Metaphysics, Harvard University Press.1991.
January 22: Organizational meeting
January 29: Chapter 1 Semantic Values
February 5: Chapter 2 Inference and Truth
February 12: Chapter 3 Theories of Truth
February 19: Chapter 4 Meaning, Knowledge, and Understanding
February 26: Chapter 5 Ingredients of Meaning
March 5: Chapter 6 Truth and Meaning-Theories
March 12: Chapter 7 The Origin and Role of the Concept of Truth
March 19: No meeting Spring Break
March 26: Chapter 8 The Justification of Deduction
April 2: Chapter 9 Circularity, Consistency, and Harmony
April 9: Chapter 10 Holism
April 16: Chapter 11Proof-Theoretic Justifications of Logical Laws
April 23: Chapter 12 The Fundamental Assumption
April 30: Chapter 13 Stability
May 7: Chapter 14 Truth-Conditional Meaning-Theories
May 14: Chapter 15 Realism and the Theory of Meaning

Fall 2014

September 4:Organizational meeting. Readings for this semester:
Essays from: Revenge of the Liar: New Essays on the Paradox, J.C. Beall (ed.), Oxford University Press.
September 11: Roy T. Cook: Embracing revenge: on the indefinite extendibility of language
September 18: Meeting Canceled
Matti Eklund: The liar paradox, expressibility, and possible languages
September 25: Hartry Field: Solving the paradoxes, escaping revenge
October 2: Roy Sorensen (University of Washington, St Louis) will be visiting. Sorensen, R. unpublished paper "Other-centric Reasoning"
October 9: Thomas Hofweber: Validity, paradox, and the ideal of deductive logic
October 16: Tim Maudlon: Reducing revenge to discomfort
October 23: Douglas Patterson: Understanding the liar
October 30: Graham Priest: Revenge, Field, and ZF
November 6: Stephen Read: Bradwardine's revenge
November 13: Greg Restall: Curry's revenge: the costs of non-classical solutions to the paradoxes of self-reference
November 20: Kevin Scharp: Aletheic vengeance
December 4: Stewart Shapiro: Burali-Forti's revenge
December 11: Hellman, G. 2011. "On the significance of the Burali-Forti paradox" Analysis 71(4): 631-637. doi: 10.1093/analys/anr091
December 18: Cook, R. 2014. "Possible predicates and actual properties" Synthese DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0592-1.

Spring 2014

February 20: Organizational meeting
February 27: Discussion of Solomon Feferman's article "Logic, Mathematics and Conceptual Structuralism" led by Geoffrey Hellman
March 6: Agustin Rayo (2013) "The Construction of Logical Space" (Oxford: Oxford University Press) Chapter 1, pp 3–34.
March 13: Shay Logan Work-In-Progress, among other things responding to Feferman's article
March 20: SPRING BREAK
March 27: Agustin Rayo (2013) "The Construction of Logical Space" (Oxford: Oxford University Press) Chapter 2, pp 35–72.
April 3: Peter Hanks Work-In-Progress
April 10: Sara Parhizgari Work-In-Progress
April 17: David Taylor Work-In-Progress
April 23: Richard Zach (University of Calgary) presentation
May 1: Marcus Rossberg (University of Connecticut) presentation
May 8: Haidar Al-Dhalimy Work-In-Progress

Fall 2013

The first meeting of the semester will be Thursday, September 5, 2013. This meeting will set the readings for future meetings
This semester will be devoted primarily to discussing works in progress by FIG participants.
September 12: Roy Cook "Paradox without Concepts"
September 19: Haidar Al-Dhalimy "A Puzzle about Infinite Exchanges"
September 26: Charles Geyer "Mathematical Discovery and Invention"
October 3: Shay Logan "Mathematics: Left, Right and Center''
October 10: Charles Geyer. Reading: Leinster, T. 2012 "Rethinking Set Theory" arXiv:1212.6543v1
October 17: Geoffrey Hellman, 2007 "Structuralism" from Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic.
Bob Hale 1996 "Structuralism's Unpaid Epistemological Debts" Philosophia Mathematica 4(3) 124–147
October 24: Geoffrey Hellman. Reading: Burgess, J.P. "Putting Structuralism in its Place"
October 31:
November 1:
November 8:

November 15: Douglas Marshall. Taking Applications of Mathematics to Mathematics
Seriously
November 22:
December 5:

Spring 2013

In preparation for Chris Pincock's visit at the beginning of March we will be reading
"Mathematics and Scientific Representation" by Christopher Pincock (2012) NewYork: Oxford University Press
Christopher Pincock's Mathematics and Scientific Representation addresses problems in the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of science by examining the role that mathematics plays in scientific practice, scientific explanations, and scientific modelling, as well as by closely examining applications of mathematics to the natural world (i.e. 'applied mathematics'). The discussion is illustrated by a multitude of careful, historically sensitive case-studies of episodes where mathematics and mathematical representation played a central role in important scientific advances. Pincock argues that the role of mathematics in science is primarily epistemic, and he draws a number of conclusions regarding more traditional questions in the philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of science based on this practice-oriented approach. The book, and our discussion of it, should be of interest to anyone working on either the philosophy of mathematics or the philosophy of science, broadly construed.

First meeting January 24 organizational meeting

January 30 Wednesday: Chapters 1& 2: "Introduction" (pp. 3–24) & "Content & Confirmation" (pp. 25–44). This meeting has been moved to accommodate the Philosophy faculty search presentation.

February 7: Chapters 3 & 4: "Causes" (pp. 45–65) & "Varying Interpretation" (pp. 66–86)

February 13: Wednesday 2pm Chapter 5: "Scale Matters" (pp. 87–120)

February 21: Chapters 6 & 7: "Constitutive Frameworks" (pp. 121–140) & "Failures" (pp. 141–167)

February 28: Discussion with Chris Pincock.

March 28: Chapter 9: "Indispensibility" (pp. 190–202)

April 4: Chapter 10 "Explanation" (pp. 203–220)

April 11: Chapter 11: "The Rainbow" (pp. 221–242)

April 18: Chapter 12: "Fictionalism" (pp. 243–263)

April 25: Chapter 13: "Facades" (pp. 264–278)

May 2: Chapter 14: "Pure Mathematics" (pp. 279–300)

Fall 2012

Discussions will center around Hartry Field's book.
Field, Hartry (2008), Saving Truth from Paradox, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Note there will be an extra meeting of Thursday, September 13.
Thursday, September 13, 4 pm: 737 Heller Hall
Guest speaker
David Etlin, University of Groningen.
"Vague Desire: the Sorites and the Money Pump"
Abstract: The similarity between the sorites paradox of vagueness and the money pump of decision theory has been noted by Dummett (in "Wang's Paradox"), but the connection has not been widely recognized or developed. We argue that on one plausible philosophical theory of linguistic meaning, the Gricean intention based account (as developed in Schiffer's "Meaning"), the paradox of vagueness turn out to be a puzzle about intransitive preferences. Given this, one can solve the sorites paradox by diagnosing the appealing but mistaken principle connecting preference and choice leading to the money pump. We argue for a resolution of the money pump having consequences not only for diachronic principles of rational choice, but also the standard synchronic principle of rationalizable actions. Our approach to vagueness helps overcome worries about the arbitrariness of rejecting instances of the sorites step, and also supports a treatment of vague expressions that don't immediately lend themselves to soritical reasoning.

September 10: First meeting of the semester

September 17: Saul Kripke, "Outline of a Theory of Truth", Journal of Philosophy 72 (1975)

September 24: Robert Martin & Peter Woodruff, "On Representing `True-in-L' in L", Philosophia 5, (1975)

October 1: Hartry Field, Saving Truth From Paradox, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

October 8: Hartry Field, Saving Truth From Paradox, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

October 15: Hartry Field, Saving Truth From Paradox, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions the group will take three weeks during the semester to explore how Kuhn’s ideas apply to different eras and areas of interest to the Foundations Interest Group.
All the Kuhnfest readings in one convenient place: here

October 22 4:30 pm: Kuhnfest event: The Crowe-Dauben Debate.
Main questions: Are there Kuhnian revolutions in mathematics? Given the radical changes in mathematics down the millennia, can one articulate a sense of "mathematics" or "the core of mathematics" in which mathematics (or its core) is cumulative?
Main readings (approx. 20 pages): Michael Crow "Ten 'laws' concerning patterns of change in the history of mathematics" (1975) and Joseph Dauben "Conceptual revolutions and the history of mathematics" (1984)
Supplemental readings for the curious: 1992 Postscripts, one by Crowe, one by Dauben, to their original papers
All the Kuhnfest readings in one convenient place: here

October 29 4:30 pm: Kuhnfest event: The Introduction and Justification of the Calculus
Main questions: Did the invention of the calculus constitute a revolution in mathematics? What changes in in mathematical concepts, standards of rigor, etc., did the invention of the calculus actually require (in either its Newtonian or Leibnizian form)?
Main reading (approx. 35 pages): Giulio Giorello, "The 'fine structure' of mathematical revolutions: metaphysics, legitimacy, and rigour. The case of the calculus from Newton to Berkeley and Maclaurin" (1992)
Supplemental reading for the curious: Eberhard Knobloch (2002) "Leibniz's Rigourous Foundation of Infinitesimal Geometry By Means of Riemannian Sums"
All the Kuhnfest readings in one convenient place: here

November 12 4:30 pm: Kuhnfest event: Intuitionism as a Potentially Revolutionary Development
Main questions: If intuitionism had become the dominant style of mathematics, would such a development have counted as a Kuhnian revolution in mathematics? Does intuitionism involve radical meaning change and the rejection of classical theorems?
Main reading (approx. 30 pages): Bruce Pourciau "Intuitionism as a (Failed) Kuhnian Revolution in Mathematics" (2000)
Supplemental reading for the curious: Hermann Weyl "On the New Foundational Crisis of Mathematics" (1921)

November 19 and following weeks to the end of the semster:
Hartry Field, Saving Truth From Paradox, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Summer 2012

FIG will meet on Thursdays at 3 pm during the summer. We will be working through:

Bell, John (2008) A Primer of Infinitesimal Analysis 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

June 7: Visitor Philip Ebert will be presenting his talk:
"The Easy (Mathematical) Knowledge Problem"

June 28: preliminary tutorials on intuitionistic logic led by Roy Cook

Spring 2012

Our first meeting of the semester will be on
Monday January 23.
We will be reading: Corfield, D. (2006). Towards a Philosophy of Real Mathematics, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Meetings are held weekly.

April 9: 4–6 pm1-149 Carlson School of Management
*** Note change of venue***
Professor Bob Hale (University of Sheffield)
Abstract:
Properties
According to the abundant or deflationary conception of properties, every meaningful predicate stands for a property or relation, and it is sufficient for the actual existence of a property or relation that there could be a predicate with appropriate satisfaction conditions. In the first part of this talk, I shall argue that purely general properties and relations exist as a matter of (absolute) necessity. In the second, I shall draw out some implications of this conception of properties for the interpretation of higher-order logic. Some of these implications have an obvious bearing on Quine’s charge that higher-order logic is ‘set theory in sheep’s clothing’ and the ingredient charge that it involves ‘staggering existential assumptions’. If we agree that abundant conception’s sufficient condition is also necessary, this approach suggests a clean break between logic and the rest of mathematics. On this view, the so-called ‘standard semantics’ for second-order logic involves a false assimilation of logic to set theory. I shall conclude with some remarks about the implications of my view for the programme of providing a foundation for mathematical theories in higher-order logic plus abstraction principles.

 

Summer 2011

The first meeting of the summer will be Thursday, May 26 at 2 pm.

We will continue reading Frege and discussing our schedule for the summer semester.

Spring 2011

The Foundations of Arithmetic, Gottlob Frege, (J. L. Austin trans), Northwestern University Press, 1950.

In The Foundations of Arithmetic (Die Grundlagen der Arithmetic) Gottlob Frege outlines his logicism—the view that arithmetic (and, indeed, all of mathematics save geometry) can be reduced in a certain sense to logic. In addition to being a seminal text for contemporary philosophers of mathematics interested in modern variants of logicism (the so-called neo-logicists or abstractionists), this text has had an absolutely immense impact on the shape of 20th century philosophy of mathematics more generally.

Please contact Roy Cook for more details

Discussion topics for Fall 2010

The first meeting of the semester will be on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 3:30–5:00 pm in 737 Heller Hall.
Future meetings will be held every Thursday at 4:00 pm in 737 Heller Hall.

Thursday, September 16: "The Nature and Meaning of Numbers" by Richard Dedekind Preface and sections I - V (pp. 31 - 67)

September 30: "Charles Parsons' Seminar on the History of Structuralism" compiled and edited by Douglas Marshall (2003)

November 11: Michael Lynch "Truth as one and Many" Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009) Chapters 3 and 4. Michael Lynch will be attending this meeting.

December 9: Chapter 1 of a probably never-to-be-finished book on IST.   Perhaps the first day we should only read through Section 1.4, which gets to a natural stopping point, as the sentence by itself constitutes the first complete paragraph on p. 12 says.  Section 1.5 gives the first applications to ordinary mathematics (real analysis and topology).  Section 1.6 gives the philosophically and logically very important "Nelson's algorithm" for mechanically, formally translating external formulas to weakly equivalent internal formulas (as the first sentence of Sec. 1.6 explains).  It is a great simplification and mechanization of NSA that is due to Nelson.
All of this is backed up by the paper Nelson (1977), but that may be too technical to read in its entirety. ( In particular the conservation theorem in the appendix (every internal statement that can be proved in IST can be proved in ZFC).)

December 16: Hellman, G. "On the significance of the Burali–Forte paradox"

"The Nature and Meaning of Numbers" by Richard Dedekind will be discussed on Thursdays where no other readings are listed. Contact Roy Cook for more details.

Discussion Topics for Summer 2010

June 14: Set up meeting

June 16: 'Structural Mathematics' see also http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2010/03/a_perspective_on_higher_catego.html

June 18: Professor Geoffrey Hellman presented a version of a talk he is to give in Paris.

Mondays and Wednesdays: Discussion of "Topoi: The Categorical Analysis of Logic" by Robert Goldblatt, (New York: Dover) 2006, ISBN-10: 0486450260.

Fridays 1:30 pm for as long as necessary: Discussion of papers or works in progress from the group

Discussion Topics for Spring 2010

This semester we will be reading essays from The Architecture of Modern Mathematics: Essays in History and Philosophy edited by José Ferreirós & Jeremy J Gray (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 2003

January 20: Organizational Meeting

January 27: Ferreiros & Gray, "Introduction", pp.1 –43.

February 3: M. Beaney, "Frege and the Role of Historical Elucidation: Methodology and Foundations of Mathematics", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 47–66.

February 10: J. Ferreiros, "Reimann's Habilitationsvortrag at the Crossroads of Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy" in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 67–96.

February 17: J. Tappenden, "The Reimannian Background to Frege's Philosophy", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 97–132.

February 24: L. Corry, "Axiomatics, Empiricism, and Anschauung in Hilbert's Conception of Geometry: Between Arithmetic and General Relativity", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 133–156.

March 3: J. Avigad, "Methodology and Metaphysics in the Development of Dedekind's Theory of Ideals", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 159–186.

March 10: C. McLarty, "Emmy Noether's 'Set Theoretic' Topology: From Dedekind to the Rise of Functors", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 187–208.

March 24: P. Mancosu, "Tarksi on Models and Logical Consequence", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 209–237.

March 31: J. Marquis, "A Path to the Epistemology of Mathematics: Homotopy Theory", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 239–260.

April 7: M . Epple, "Felix Hausdorff's Considered Empiricism", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 263–289.

April 14: E. Scholz, "Practice-related Symbolic Realism in H. Weyl's Mature View of Mathematical Knowledge", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 291–309.

April 21: H Sinaceur, "From Kant to Hilbert: French Philosophy of Concepts in the Beginning of the Twentieth Century", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 311–337.

April 28: W. Seig, "Relative Consistency and Accessible Domains", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 339–368.

May 5: J. Gray, "Modern Mathematics as a Cultural Phenomenon", in Ferreiros & Gray, pp. 371–396.

Discussion Topics for Fall 2009

During the Fall 2009 semester, our main goal is to work through a number of articles on unrestrictedly general quantification and related topics (such as indefinite extensibility). All readings can be found in:

Absolute Generality edited by Agustin Rayo and Gabriel Uzquiano, New York: Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0199276439

The first Wednesday in November we shall take advantage of a visit by Jeffrey Barrett by reading his paper on “The Physical Possibility of Ordinal Computation” and discussing it with him.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, however, we shall take a short break from this topic in order to discuss Logicomix, a recent graphic novel portraying the life of Bertrand Russell.

September 23: “Introduction” to Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 1–19. The pdf is password protected. For access please contact mcps@umn.edu

September 30: “Relatively Unrestricted Quantification”, by Kit Fine, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 20–44.

October 7: “Context and Unresticted Quantification”, by Michael Glanzberg, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 45–74.

October 14: “Against ‘Absolutely Everything’!””, by Geoffrey Hellman, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 75–97.

October 21: “Sets, Properties, and Unrestricted Quantification”, by Oystein Linnebo, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 149–178.

October 28: “There’s a Rule for Everything”, by Vann McGee, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 179–202.

November 4: “On the Physical Possibility of Ordinal Computation”, Jeff Barrett (discussion to be led by Professor Barrett). The paper can be found online at: http://www.lps.uci.edu/barrett/papers.html

November 11: “The Problem of Absolute Universality”, by Charles Parsons, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 203–219.

November 18: “All Things Indefinitely Extensible”, by Stewart Shapiro & Crispin Wright, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 255 – 304.

November 25: Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitroiu, et. al., New York: Bloomsbury USA 2009. ISBN 1596914521

December 2: “Unrestricted Unrestricted Quantification: The Cardinal Problem of Absolute Generality”, by Gabriel Uzquiano, in Rayo and Uzquiano 2006: 305 – 332.

December 9: “Absolute Identity and Absolute Generality” by Timothy Williamson, in Rayo & Uzquiano 2006: 369 – 390.

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

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