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FOMP Lecture: Inference to the Best Explanation as a Form of Non-Deductive Reasoning in Mathematics

Prof. Marc Lange (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Friday, February 22, 2019
3:00-5:00 PM
1171 (Tanner Library) Angell Hall Map
The confirmation of hypotheses in mathematics by mathematical evidence short of proof has received insufficient attention. I will propose one way to think about some of these cases. I will also suggest one way to model such confirmation using the resources of the probability calculus -- in something like the way that some confirmation of certain scientific hypotheses is modeled (but without denying the status of mathematical truths as necessary).

Sponsored by the Foundations of Modern Physics reading group (a Rackham interdisciplinary working group) and the Philosophy Department.
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Philosophy
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Philosophy