250 episodes

2011 to 2019

Median: 50 minutes

Collection: Philosophy

Description (podcaster-provided):

The purpose of doing philosophy in this way is not to reduce philosophy to mathematics or to natural science in any sense; rather mathematics is applied in order to derive philosophical conclusions from philosophical assumptions, just as in physics mathematical methods are used to derive physical predictions from physical laws.

Nor is the idea of mathematical philosophy to dismiss any of the ancient questions of philosophy as irrelevant or senseless: although modern mathematical philosophy owes a lot to the heritage of the Vienna and Berlin Circles of Logical Empiricism, unlike the Logical Empiricists most mathematical philosophers today are driven by the same traditional questions about truth, knowledge, rationality, the nature of objects, morality, and the like, which were driving the classical philosophers, and no area of traditional philosophy is taken to be intrinsically misguided or confused anymore. It is just that some of the traditional questions of philosophy can be made much clearer and much more precise in logical-mathematical terms, for some of these questions answers can be given by means of mathematical proofs or models, and on this basis new and more concrete philosophical questions emerge. This may then lead to philosophical progress, and ultimately that is the goal of the Center.

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Logical and mathematical methods in philosophy • Epistemology • Philosophy of science • Metaphysics • Philosophy of language • Laws of nature • Groundedness • Deontic logic • Decision theory • Quantum mechanicsThe podcast "MCMP – Mathematical Philosophy (Archive 2011/12)" explores the intersection of logical and mathematical methods within various areas of philosophy, driven by the latest philosophical inquiries and advancements. Hosted by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP), the episodes feature scholarly discussions and presentations that emphasize the use of mathematical approaches to clarify and answer traditional philosophical questions.

Listeners can expect a diverse range of topics, each embedding mathematical and logical frameworks into philosophical discourse. This podcast delves into subjects such as formal epistemology, philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language. It features contributions from distinguished scholars who often present their latest research findings or theoretical explorations. Episodes engage with concepts like laws of nature, Humean and dispositionalist perspectives in physics, conditionals and causation, the real existence of molecules, and relativistic quantum field theory.

Recurring themes in this podcast include the application of mathematical methods in deriving philosophical conclusions, the examination of ancient philosophical questions through modern logical terms, and the interdisciplinary approach combining philosophy with natural sciences. Episodes frequently address issues of grounding and dependence within metaphysical and semantical contexts, decision theory, normativity, and ethics.

Listeners will also find rich discussions on logical systems, representation theorems, and the evolution of norms in structured populations. The podcast bridges the gap between classical philosophical ideas and contemporary logical-mathematical practices, offering an in-depth look at how modern philosophers are reshaping the landscape by integrating rigorous analytical tools.

In summary, "MCMP – Mathematical Philosophy" provides a platform for engaging with complex philosophical problems through the lens of mathematical logic and formal methods, making it a valuable resource for those interested in the dynamic and evolving field of mathematical philosophy.