$1.16 Million Awarded to Study Wittgensteinian Approach to Math


The Research Council of Norway has awarded a grant of 10 million kroners (approximately $1.16 million) to Sorin Bangu and Kevin Cahill, professors of philosophy at the University of Bergen, to support their four-year  project, “Mathematics with a Human Face: Set Theory within a Naturalized Wittgensteinean Framework.”

According to a press release from the Department of Philosophy at Bergen,

The project investigates the reasons why concepts such as ‘set’ and ‘number’ have remained philosophically obscure—nobody really knows what these things are—despite the immense success of mathematics over centuries. The idea is to approach this issue from a perspective never attempted before: by building on an overlooked Wittgensteinean insight, that “mathematics is after all an anthropological phenomenon” (RFM VII-33). The proposal is to regard mathematics, Set Theory in particular, as a special practice, ultimately of a social nature, constitutive of the human form of life. The research has interdisciplinary aspects, and involves collaborations with Wittgenstein Archives in Bergen (WAB) and other disciplines such as mathematics, anthropology and psychology.

The research team will be hiring a a PhD student and a postdoctoral fellow to join the project.

You can read more about the project here.

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