Apr 19

Charles Chihara, University of California, Berkeley, "What is Philosophy of Mathematics?"

A colloquium by Charles Chihara, Professor Emeriti at the University of California, Berkeley.

Thursday, April 19th, 2007
3:10 – 4:10 pm / CMC 206

This talk will explore the nature of philosophy of mathematics by focusing on the three principal schools of foundations of mathematics developed in the early part of the Twentieth Century: Logicism, Formalism, and Intuitionism. I shall present an account of the nature of philosophy of mathematics based upon the premise that philosophy of mathematics is a branch of philosophy, with the goal of producing the kind of understanding of mathematics that philosophy aims to achieve for the other areas of human intellectual achievements such as science, art, history, language and literature. I shall go on to reexamine the success of the three foundational schools mentioned above in light of the goals of philosophy of mathematics.

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