2011-12 Catalog

Decorative graphic

Offering Description

Philosophy of Math


Fall 2011 quarter

Brian Walter mathematics, computer science, improvisational theater , Rachel Hastings linguistics, mathematics
Fields of Study
mathematics, philosophy and philosophy of science
Preparatory for studies or careers in
mathematics, philosophy, philosophy of science

Mathematicians seek deep truths about a purely formal world, one that may or may not have much to do with the physical world we inhabit.  Through our readings, seminar discussions, and writing assignments, we’ll explore that connection, the existential status of mathematical objects (What is mathematics?  Do mathematical objects actually exist, and if so, where?  Are mathematical systems discovered or created?), and surrounding issues as we learn more about modern mathematical practice.

This course coincides with the seminar portion of the Mathematical Systems program, so students in this course will share seminars with students in that program.

Advertised Schedule
3-5p Tue
Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
Greener Store
May be offered again in
Fall 2013
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 4th, 2011 New course offered