PHL309 Logic, Language, and Thought
Professor: Craig DeLancey
Current Assignments7 MarchIn class: review of where we've arrived.10 March
FYI: this is not formally related to our class, but anyone with an interest in philosophy is invited to join us this Friday, March 7, in the philosophy department suite (Campus Center 212), at 4:00 p.m. We'll just talk for an hour or so about a paper, "Refusing the Devil's Bargain," by Kyle Stanford. It is about science and the pessimistic induction. This paper is short (10 pages!) and is here.
As background: over the summer, faculty and students read and discussed a few papers together, over pizza. The goal was to get together informally and think like philosophers do. Students led the discussion or just listened to other students -- whatever they preferred. Philosophy club has asked if we could do this again, at least once this Spring, so that's why we're meeting this Friday.
RSVPs are appreciated, since we like to order pizza and RSVPs give us a way to estimate how much pizza we'll need. So if you might come let us know by emailing me.Reviewing the ideas of decidability and consistency. Introducing the idea of completeness.
12 MarchThe idea of a formal system, continued. Russell's Principia. Review if helpful and if you want it.
14 MarchMidterm exam: Galileo, Cantor, Kant and Geometry, Frege, Russell's Paradox. I'll post questions soon.
Tentative Assignments (subject to revision)
When we return from break, we finally get lasting answers to our guiding question, via Godel, Turing, and others.