Boris Zilber (Oxford): Between Model Theory and Physics
There are several important issues in physics which model theory have potential to help with. First of all, there is the issue of adequate language and formalism, and closely related to this there is a more specific problem of giving rigorous meanings to limits and integrals used by physicists. I will present a variation of ‘positive model theory’ which addresses these issues and discuss some progress in defining...
Cantor’s early (1883) Grundlagen einer allgemeinen Mannigfaltigkeitslehre is badly organized and has important errors and omissions. Nevertheless it is rich in content, and its concepts are in some ways superior to Cantor’s later ones.
I will mainly concentrate on a few aspects of Grundlagen: (1) what might be called Cantor’s quasiaxiomatic, iterative account of ordinal numbers; (2) the role that something like a Replacement Axiom plays in this account...
Dale Jamieson (NYU) will present the annual Harvard Review of Philosophy Lecture on Monday, March 5th in Emerson Hall Room 305. A reception in Robbins Library will follow.
Abstract: It is now widely accepted that humans and non-humans are continuous with respect to sentience and other properties that may be regarded as sufficient for moral concern. To suppose otherwise is sometimes derided as requiring Homo Sapiens to have a moral immaculate conception that is scarcely believable. Yet, the idea that agency appeared in Homo Sapiens by...Read more about Harvard Review of Philosophy Annual Lecture: Dale Jamieson (NYU)
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Lauren Davidson will be defending her dissertation, “Into Question: An Account of Inquiry,” on December 7 at 11 am in the Tanner Room (Emerson 310).