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Logic and Reasoning

This reading group focuses on psychological and epistemological problems concerning the relationship between formal logic and reasoning. From May the 3rd throughout the summer semester 2016, the group will be dedicated to the literature in cognitive psychology both about how humans reason and about what humans are trying to accomplish when they reason. Here are some of the questions we are interested in:

  • Do we mostly reason in a logically sound way? If so, how do we do it (e.g., is it by following rules)?
  • Should we ground epistemic norms of reasoning on formal logic systems? Or is that too unrealistic/too demanding for human reasoners?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the main theories about how we reason in contemporary psychology?

The group meets once in a week throughout the semester, and it is open to anyone who is interested. For more information, please contact the organizer for the summer semester, Luis Rosa: Luis.Rosa@lrz.uni-muenchen.de.

Natural Science and Philosophy of Nature in the Middle Ages

Although the reading group is held in german, english-speaking participants are welcome to join (the texts are also available in english).

The reading group takes place on Thursday (starting 28 April 2016), starting 2pm, in Leopoldstr. 44 / Room 401 (4th floor).

For further information, please contact Dr. Daniel A. Di Liscia

More information (in german) can be found here.

Philosophy of Physics

This reading group focuses on the foundations of modern physics and addresses conceptual, formal, and philosophical problems. In WS16, we will focus on the topic of Quantum Field Theory.

Quantum Field Theory plays a crucial role in modern physics, lying behind the enormous predictive success of the Standard Model. Our goal in this group is to help each other develop a grasp of this theory, despite its formal complexity. Update: For the dates of the meetings please have a look at the mcmp event calender. For further information and the respective meeting's location, please contact Neil Dewar (neil.dewar@lrz.uni-muenchen.de).