Philosophy 586: Philosophy of Mathematics

Fall 2010 — Prof. Kevin C. Klement

Mon., Wed., Fri. 12:20–1:10pm in 121 Bartlett

Course description: A survey of the major philosophical approaches to the nature of mathematics, mathematical truth and the ontology of numbers. Topics include the apriority and necessity of mathematical truth, logicism, formalism, intuitionism, views on infinity, Hilbert’s program, Platonism, naturalism, nominalism, fictionalism and structuralism.

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