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Research Seminar with Dr. James Brown

March 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We will be discussing:

Brown, James, “Ethics and the Continuum Hypothesis”


Three decades ago Christopher Freiling (1986) published a remarkable result. He showed that the continuum hypothesis (CH) is false. His way of achieving this is far removed from normal mathematical reasoning and much more closely resembled a thought experiment that one might typically find in physics. Of course, it had to be different from normal mathematical reasoning, since the continuum hypothesis is demonstrably not provable, nor is its negation. What I want to do in this article is relate Freiling’s argument to typical reasoning inside ethics. It will turn out that there are a couple of different features of ethics that relate in interesting ways to mathematics in general and the continuum hypothesis in particular.

Participants are expected to read this chapter in advance. If you are planning to participate, write to Sunguk Jung (jung.sunguk@mail.utoronto.ca) for a copy of it.

Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided.


March 21, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


IHPST Common Room
VC 303, Victoria College