Abstract: Empiricism is by far the most popular account of how we acquire knowledge. But it has always had trouble with two things:
ethics and mathematics. This talk will be about different conceptions of pure and applied mathematics (as seen one way by philosophers of mathematics and differently by mathematicians) and the remarkable similarities of the mathematicians’ account to the ethicists’
distinction between pure and applied ethics. This leads to fruitful suggestions about mathematical methods that will have an impact on how we approach hitherto intractable problems such as the continuum hypothesis. Except for one short part, the talk will be largely accessible to a non-mathematical audience.
Attendance is free and everybody is welcome!
For further information, please contact Harald A. Wiltsche (harald.wiltsche(at)uni-graz.at).
Supported by the Working Section Phenomenology and the Center for History of Science.