Logical Approaches to Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science (WS18/19)

In this course, we will look at the ways in which logical resources and ideas can be applied to problems in metaphysics and philosophy of science. The course will consist of three sessions on each of the 11th to the 15th of February. On each day, we introduce a topic from logic in the first session (e.g. the theory of definitions, second-order logic); work through some exercises on that topic in the second session; and in the third session, discuss the philosophical application of this idea.

Here is the syllabus and reading list for the course:

The required readings are available via LSF. As discussed in the reading list, two books I have made heavy use of in designing this course are

  • Button, T., & Walsh, S. (2018). Philosophy and Model Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Halvorson, H. (2019). The Logic in Philosophy of Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The handouts for the course are as follows:

And here are the problems sets for the course: