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Eileen Nutting – Hilbert’s geometry and mathematical truth

October 24, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Montreal Inter-University Workshop on the History and Philosophy
of Mathematics presents:
Eileen Nutting (U Kansas):
Hilbert’s geometry and mathematical truth
Friday, October 25, 2013
McGill University, Leacock Building, Room 927. 4:00-5:30pm
Abstract: David Hilbert’s primary goal in his work on the foundations
of geometry was to demonstrate the consistency of both Euclidean and
non-Euclidean geometries. His consistency proofs, however, place
significant pressure on the contours of an adequate truth theory. To
accommodate these pressures, he developed a novel account of
geometrical truth. Understanding this account and its motivations
gives us insight into what we ought to expect from a theory of
mathematical truth. Notably, the resulting expectations conflict with
the ones that Paul Benacerraf assumes in his paper "Mathematical
Truth."
Please, note that we will have another talk in our series one week later:
Sean Walsh (UC Irvine), Friday, November 1, 2013
For more information, please contact:Gregory Lavers (Concordia),
Mathieu Marion (UQÀM), Jean-Pierre Marquis (UdM), Dirk Schlimm
(McGill).
Website: http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~dirk/workshop

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