Link to calendar. The current version of the calendar contains information about both of the courses I am teaching this term. You should look at it regularly for reading assignments.
Office hours to be announced after the term starts.
E-mail is the best way to contact me. I read my e-mail constantly (during the working week) and answer promptly.
Feel free to contact me with questions about this course!
Here is a link to the official version of this syllabus which is maintained on my own web site, which is more likely to have the latest info.
Math 497/597/Phil 497: Philosophy of Mathematics. Special topics course, 3 credits. Prerequisite Math 187, Phil 201 or permission of instructor. Relations between (Western) philosophy and mathematics in the classical, medieval and modern periods. Developments related to basic concepts such as number, space and infinity traced. 19th and 20th century formalization of mathematics. Current schools of philosophy of mathematics (formalism, intuitionism, platonism). Math content in logic and foundations will be introduced as needed; high school math background needed to follow historical examples in arithmetic, geometry, foundations of calculus.
The formal course requirements are not very stringent; but the 4xx course number should indicate that this is a course for reasonably advanced mathematics and/or philosophy students.
You might consider acquiring your own copy of A. W. Moore, The Infinite. This is a very good book (if you are interested in this subject) and can (I believe) be ordered through Amazon.
Any additional homework that I may assign during the semester (and there may be some...) will also fall in the class participation category.
Cheating on exams or plagiarism on papers will, if detected, be penalized by a grade of zero (0) on the affected exam or paper. A second offense will lead to an F in the course. Students are expected to conform to applicable university codes of conduct.
I do not need to be informed if you are going to be absent (unless you are going to miss a test, in which case you must inform me in advance to have any chance of a makeup). I am not offended by students arriving late or leaving early as long as this is not disruptive.