Foundations Interest Group

Meeting time: Thursdays, 4:00-6:30pm
Meeting place: 737 Heller Hall and onnline

The foundation's interest group (FIG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the philosophy and foundations of mathematics and 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. For more information, please contact Roy T. Cook (cookx432@umn.edu) or Cat Saint Croix (csaintx@umn.edu).

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 (cookx432@umn.edu) or Cat Saint Croix (csaintx@umn.edu) so an invitation can be extended.

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Fall 2022

Please join our mailing list for the zoom invitation or email mcps@umn.edu

This semester FIG will be reading Fundamentals of Bayesian Epistemology 1: Introducing Credences by Michael G. Titelbaum, Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780198707615. Online access is available to the UMN community through the UMN libraries. A copy can be purchased from Oxford University Press. The first two readings have been posted to give time to enable you to acquire your copies.

  • September 8, 2022: Organizational meeting
  • September 15, 2022: Fundamentals of Bayesian Epistemology 1: Introducing Credences. Michael G. Titelbaum, Oxford University Press. Chapter 1. Beliefs and Degrees of Belief pp 3-22; Chapter 2. Probability Distributions pp 25-54. (pdf)
  • September 22, 2022: No meeting
  • September 29, 2022: Fundamentals of Bayesian Epistemology 1: Introducing Credences. Michael G. Titelbaum, Oxford University Press. Chapter 3. Conditional Credences pp 55-89; Chapter 4. Updating by Conditionalization pp 90-122. (pdf)
  • October 6, 2022: Fundamentals of Bayesian Epistemology 1: Introducing Credences. Michael G. Titelbaum, Oxford University Press. Chapter 4. Updating by Conditionalization pp 90-122 and Chapter 5 Further Rational Constraints pp 123-173.
  • October 13, 2022: Fundamentals of Bayesian Epistemology 1: Introducing Credences. Michael G. Titelbaum, Oxford University Press. Ch. 5 Further Rational Constraints pp 123-174; Ch. 6 Confirmation pp 195-245.
  • October 20, 2022: No meeting
  • October 27, 2022: No meeting
  • November 3, 2022: Fundamentals of Bayesian Epistemology 1: Introducing Credences. Michael G. Titelbaum, Oxford University Press. Ch. 7 Decision Theory pp 246-284
  • November 10: Fundamentals of Bayesian Epistemology 1: Introducing Credences. Michael G. Titelbaum, Oxford University Press. Ch. 8 Representation Theorems pp 285-309.
  • November 17, 2022: No meeting
  • November 25, 2022: No meeting Thanksgiving
  • December 1, 2022:
  • December 8, 2022:

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