Donnerstag, 01.06.2017, 17:00-19:00; G03-106 (78 Plätze)
Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
(The University of Texas at Dallas)
''Wittgenstein's Philosophy and the Creation vs. Discovery Question of Mathematics''
Over the span of tens of thousands of years, humans have created an
elaborate body of theory unequaled in size and complexity: mathematics.
There is a profound philosophical question: Where do all the results
of this gigantic body of theory come from? Are they already present
in some hidden, possibly metaphysical, location and then discovered
by inquisitive minds, or are they created in the same way that
engineers design various machines for energy conversion, production
of goods, or transportation?
Over hundreds of years, this question has been answered in various,
often diametrically opposed, ways.
We examine this question using the approach of the philosopher
Ludwig Wittgenstein for the resolution of philosophical problems.
With the help of modern brain science, we also look into the strange
aspect that eminent researchers arrived at and vigorously defended
diametrically opposed answers. Indeed, that amazing process is ongoing
The talk is based on the book
"The Construction of Mathematics: The Human Mind's Greatest Achievement."
It assumes no prior knowledge in mathematics or philosophy.
Datum: 01.06.2017, Raum: G03-106, Zeit: 17:00 Uhr
Kontakt: Prof. Dr. Volker Kaibel
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