This course is open to MA students in Philosophy. Admission to the specialisation History and Philosophy of the Sciences is required.
Prerequisites: introductory courses in Logic.
The course will provide an introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics, in particular to the traditional positions Logicism, Formalism and Intuitionism, and their contemporary successor postions.
This course aims to introduce the main themes, positions, and argumentations within the Philosophy of Mathematics and to illustrate how the Philosophy of Mathematics may serve as a laboratory for the testing of philosophical positions .
Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of :
the main themes, positions, and argumentations within the Philosophy of Mathematics;
connections between the Philosophy of Mathematics and Epistemology as well Philosophy of Language.
secondary literature on the subject at an advanced level.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
- present advanced philosophical positions and arguments lucidly, orally as well as in writing.
Mode of instruction
- Lectures and seminars
Class attendance is required .
Total course load (10 EC x 28 hrs): 280 hours
Attending lectures and seminars: 14 × 3 = 42 hours
Preparation for, and elaboration of, weekly classes: 14 × 10 = 140 hours
Preparation of presentation: 40 hours
Preparation, incl. literature search, and writing of essay: 58 hours
Oral presentation and active participation (sine qua non, but not given grade).
Final paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the course teacher
One resit will be offered, covering the entire course content and consisting of a paper. The grade will replace previously earned grades for subtests. Class participation and completion of practical assignments (presentation) are mandatory requirements for taking the test and resit. Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination(s) cannot take the resit.
Blackboard will be used for posting of messages, texts, and assigments.
To be announced.
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