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SS 2018


Luis Rosa, Mo 2 - 3.30 p.m., room 4.016

Introduction to formal epistemology

In this course I will introduce the main topics of/methods used in formal epistemology. We will study the use of formal logic as a means of encoding epistemic principles of knowledge and belief, and apply it to the treatment of paradoxes such as the Knowability Paradox and Moore's Paradox. We will also go through the literature on Bayesianism and the relationship between categorical beliefs and degrees-of-belief, thus bringing the probability calculus to bear on epistemological issues.

Luis Rosa, Thu 2 - 3.30 p.m., room 4.202

Knowledge and Scepticism

This course features an investigation into different types of skepticism and corresponding lines of defense against those types of skepticism. Special emphasis will be given to skeptical arguments to the effect that we lack knowledge or warranted belief of some kind. We are going to read both classical texts and contemporary approaches to these topics.

Lisa Benossi, Fri 2 - 3.30 p.m., room 4.016

Kant's theory of mathematical cognition

This seminar will focus on the theory of mathematical cognition in the
critical writings of Immanuel Kant. The enquiry into how mathematical
judgements are possible will introduce important parts of the Critique of
Pure Reason. Indeed, to explain how judgements of the form \The sum of
the internal angles of a triangle is 180°" can be synthetic and yet a priori
for humans most of the transcendental machinery needs to be employed.
In the course of the seminar, primary and secondary literature will be
discussed, with the aim of probing to what extend and under which aspects
the Kantian theory of mathematical cognition is relevant to contemporary
research for philosophy, cognitive science and mathematics.