Foundations Interest Group

Meeting time: Thursdays (throughout the semester), 4:00-6:30 p.m. in conjunction with PHIL 8210 Philosophy of Logic (Geoffrey Hellman) for Fall 2019
Meeting place: 731 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. For more information, please contact Roy T. Cook.

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.

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This semester FIG will be held together with PHIL8210, Philosophy of Logic.

September 5: Sher, “Is Logic in the Mind or in the World?”; Carnap, selections from The Logical Syntax of Language; Carnap, “The Elimination of Metaphysics…” and “The Old and the New Logic”.

September 12: Sher, “Is Logic in the Mind or in the World?”; Carnap, selections from The Logical Syntax of Language; Carnap, “The Elimination of Metaphysics…” and “The Old and the New Logic”.

September 19: Quine, “Truth by Convention” and “Carnap and Logical Truth”; Carnap, “Quine on Logical Truth”

September 26: Quine, Philosophy of Logic, Chs 1, 7; Hellman, “Logical Truth by Linguistic Convention”; Quine, “Reply to Geoffrey Hellman”; Hellman, “Carnap* Replies”.

October 3: Dummett, Elements of Intuitionism, Intro., Ch’s 1, 2; Quine, Philosophy of Logic, Ch. 6.

October 10: Hellman, “Never Say ‘Never’!”.

October 17: Shapiro, Varieties of Logic (VoL) Ch. 1.

October 24: Varieties of Logic (VoL) Ch. 2

October 31: Varieties of Logic (VoL) Ch. 3

November 7: Varieties of Logic (VoL) Ch. 4

November 14: Varieties of Logic (VoL) Ch. 5

November 21: Varieties of Logic (VoL) Ch. 6

December 5: Varieties of Logic (VoL) Ch. 7 and “Recapitulation and Conclusion”.

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