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Unit of study_

Philosophy of Mathematics - PHIL2619

Year - 2018

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.

Classes
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

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

Pre-requisites

12 junior credit points in Philosophy or 12 junior credit points in Mathematics

Prohibitions

PHIL3219 or PHIL2219

Details

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Philosophy
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
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