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):

➤ Mathematical philosophy • Logic and epistemology • Philosophy of science • Metaphysics • Grounding and dependence • Formal ethics • Laws of nature • Quantum theory • Ontology • Historical perspectivesThis podcast, originating from the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, explores the intersection of mathematics, philosophy, and logic. It leverages mathematical methods to address classic philosophical questions and modern challenges, emphasizing clarity and precision in philosophical discourse. The content underlines the center's commitment to extending the reach of mathematical philosophy across various philosophical domains.

The episodes are diverse, covering a broad spectrum of philosophical and scientific topics. Many episodes delve into philosophical logic and the application of logical methods to philosophical problems, such as examining the role of conditionals and causation, or the grounding of normative concepts. Others focus on the philosophy of science, exploring themes like the relationship between laws of nature and modalities or the implications of physical theories for metaphysics.

There is a prominent theme of engaging with traditional philosophical queries through modern analytical tools. This is reflected in discussions surrounding the nature of truth, grounding, and logical constants, as well as in approaches to ethical dilemmas through game theory and decision theory. The content often intersects with scientific domains, notably in episodes examining philosophical implications of developments in physics, decision theory, and cognitive science.

The podcast also features content from workshops and conferences, showcasing thought leaders discussing foundational philosophical issues, logic, metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of language. Overall, the podcast captures the center's goal to foster philosophical progress by applying rigorous mathematical frameworks to age-old and contemporary philosophical inquiries.