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Aristoteles' Erkenntnistheorie und Psychologie: Die Abhandlung über die Seele (De anima)

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 pauses this summer.

For further information, please contact Daniel Di Liscia (D.DiLiscia@lrz.uni-muenchen.de).

Philosophy of Physics

This term, the philosophy of physics group will read Understanding Quantum Raffles by Michael Janas, Michael E. Cuffaro, and Michel Janssen. The group will meet Mondays 2:30-3:30pm at Schellingstr. 5 - 204.

For further information, please contact John Dougherty (John.Dougherty@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)

Reading Group on the Philosophy and Methodology of Economics (Rethinking Economics Munich)

We are a group of economists and philosophers of science (students and junior faculty) discussing topics of general interest from the philosophy and methodology of economics and the social sciences. During the semester times (Vorlesungszeit), the reading group usually holds weekly meetings (in person).

Please contact Matthias Bing (m.bing@campus.lmu.de) for more information about how to join the group.

Inference and reasoning

The reading group on inference and reasoning takes place eonce a month on a Thursday from 2 - 4 PM via Zoom. Please contact us for a Zoom invitation if you would like to join.

The topics we will discuss are at the intersection of philosophy and psychology of reasoning. More specifically, we will discuss recent papers about inference in general, logic and reasoning, Bayesian reasoning, induction, analogy, abduction and related topics.

For more information please contact Borut Trpin (borut.trpin@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) or Matías Osta Vélez (matiasosta@gmail.com).

Philosophy of Psychiatry

A reading group centred around relevant topics from contemporary psychiatry is taking place each Tuesday at 2 o'clock. The group explores topics from the fields of computational modelling, phenomenology, explanation, natural kinds and so forth. No prerequisites are required. People dealing with topics from the fields of philosophy of mind and philosophy of science are encouraged to join. For any additional information feel free to contact Maksim Nikiforovski (maksimnikiforovski@gmail.com).

Kant´s Mathematical World

The reading group takes place weekly on Monday from 1 - 2:30 PM in room 204, Schellingstr. 5. We are a group of philosophers who want to understand Kant's theory of mathematics with respect to modern mathematical practices. Our discussion will be based on Daniel Sutherland’s new book Kant’s Mathematical World.

If you want to join us or ask for further information, please contact William D’Alessandro at d.william@lmu.de or Zhouwanyue Yang at Zhouwanyue.Yang@campus.lmu.de.

The Semantic Tradition form Kant to Carnap

A significant part of philosophical enquiry since the beginning of last century has been defined by the idea that the key to fundamental questions concerning knowledge, the mind, and general aspects of reality lies in the nature and role of concepts, propositions and meanings (and the logical treatment thereof). The goal of this reading group is to gain a well rounded understanding of the main tenets of this position, which lies at the heart of what has been called the semantic tradition. With this purpose, we will focus mainly on the development of this tradition from the 19th century to mid 1930’s. Our main source will be J. Alberto Coffa’s highly influential The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap: To the Vienna Station (1991), although other book chapters or papers can be incorporated according to their relevance and the interests of the attendees.
Coffa’s book is a history of the semantic tradition in philosophy from the early nineteenth century through its incarnation in the work of the Vienna Circle. In the first part of the book, Coffa traces the roots of logical positivism in a semantic tradition that arose in opposition to Kant’s theory that a priori knowledge is based on pure intuition and the constitutive powers of the mind. Special attention is devoted to work by Kant, Bolzano, Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein.
The second part chronicles the development of this tradition by members and associates of the Vienna Circle. Much of Coffa’s analysis draws on the unpublished notes and correspondence of many philosophers. Special attention will be devoted to work by Schlick, Carnap and Wittgenstein (again). The book, however, is not merely a history of the semantic tradition from Kant ́to the Vienna Station’. Coffa also critically reassesses the role of semantic notions in understanding the ground of a priori knowledge and its relation to empirical knowledge and questions regarding the turn the tradition has taken since Vienna.
This student group might be of most interest to people interested in logic, (analytic) philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, epistemology and the history of analytic philosophy. Advanced knowledge in logic or mathematics is not required; our main source is a completely philosophical work (with a historical perspective). However, having basic knowledge in logic and epistemology (after an introductory course in logic and epistemology, for instance), would be helpful. Of course, everyone is welcome.
We will read one (or two) chapters each week (or one chapter and one secondary source). Since the book is too long to read in one semester, the attendees will select exactly which chapters will be discussed each week.

The group will meet Thursdays, 4 pm, in Schellingstr. 9, room 116. For more information please contact Miguel López at Mig.Lopez@campus.lmu.de

Frege´s Grundgesetze

I: Exposition of the Begriffsschrift

The first volume of Frege’s Grundgesetze der Arithmetik is divided into two parts. Over the course of the 52 numbered section of the first part, entitled “Exposition of the Begriffsschrift,” Frege lays out the details of the logical system that is to be deployed in the second part in giving the proofs that constitute the formal development of his logicist program. Our goal in this group is to closely and systematically read and discuss Part I of Grundgesetze, with an eye to how Frege’s foundational claims about logic are embedded within the formal system of the Begriffsschrift.

In reading and discussing Grundgesetze, there are two broad themes that I believe will help orient the discussion. The first is perspectival, that Frege is working from a broadly Kantian point of view that logic can be distinguished between pure, formal logic, bereft of subject-matter, and transcen- dental logic, in which applicability to subject-matter is of the essence. This distinction is mirrored in the contrast of Frege’s presentation of the logical system in Begriffsschrift and Grundgesetze. The second is Frege’s concern with justification, centrally of the Basic Laws of logic, and of the definitions. In both cases, justification is tied to the roles they play in scientific explanation of the lawful properties of the subject-matter of logic, i.e. in arithmetic.

Our discussion of Part 1 will commence with §1 and proceed throught to §52 returning when that has concluded to the Introduction. In preparation for the initial meeting, please read in advance §§ 1-8. Also, please have a careful look over the Table of Contents. In it, Frege lays out a roadmap displaying the important conceptual waypoints in the presentation of the system, and it is a very useful aid to understanding the development of Frege´s logic.

The reading group will have six sessions: Monday, May 16 and 23, 6 pm in Ludwigstr. 31, room 021, Wednesday, May 18 and 25, 6 pm in Ludwigstr. 31, room 021, and Friday, May 20 and 27, 3 pm, Geschwister-Scholl-Pl. 1,  main building, room DZ 005. If you want to join please contact Prof. Robert May at rcmay@ucdavis.edu.

Feminist Philosophy of Science

Feminist Philosophy of Science studies how gender and other intersecting systems of social distribution of power influence the production and conceptions of scientific knowledge. Moreover, feminist philosophy of science works towards ameliorating the ways in which scientific knowledge is produced and conceptualised. In this way, both science and philosophy of science can contribute to feminist aims and social justice.

The sessions will be divided into two blocks. In the first block, we will tackle fundamental questions such as what feminist philosophy of science is, which frameworks feminist philosophers of science use, and why. We will discuss papers from feminist empiricism, feminist standpoint epistemology, and postmodernism. Then, we will move towards how feminist philosophers discussed several classical themes in philosophy of science. How do they conceptualise scientific objectivity? How do they see a legitimate role for values in science? Finally, we will look at several case studies of feminist critique of a particular scientific concept or theory.

In the second group of session, we will read one book. The book will be chosen together by the course participants among a list. The list embraces modern classics in feminist philosophy of science, but also recent developments that focus closely on a particular branch of natural or social sciences.

During the semester, we will read texts by Anderson, Fausto-Sterling, Harding, Haslanger, Haraway, Intemann, Longino, Richardson and many others.

The reading group will meet Thursdays, 12 p.m., in Amalienstr. 73A, Room 101. For more information, please contact Filippo Vasone at filippo.vasone@gmail.com.

Reading group on philosophy of machine learning

We meet every two-three weeks to discuss a (recent) paper in the philosophy of machine learning, with a focus, but not an exclusive focus, on epistemological themes.

If you like to join us, feel free to contact Tom Sterkenburg (tom.sterkenburg@lmu.de) or Timo Freiesleben (timo.freiesleben@campus.lmu.de).