Units of study

PHIL2619 - Philosophy of Mathematics

Semester 1, 2018  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Mark Colyvan
Phone: +61 2 9036 6175
Email: mark.colyvan@sydney.edu.au


This unit focuses on contemporary problems in philosophy of mathematics. Perhaps the most fundamental of these problems is that of determining the subject matter of mathematics. Is mathematical knowledge just logical knowledge, abstract knowledge of the empirical world, or something else? And how do we come by mathematical knowledge? Other topics include, the significance of mathematical results about the limits of mathematics (such as Godel's incompleteness theorems), the nature of infinity, and the relationship between pure mathematics and empirical science.


1x1500wd assignment (30%), 1x3000wd essay (60%), tutorial participation (10%)


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


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