In this BBC episode of In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg discusses Logical Positivism, an early 20th century philosophical movement. It began in Vienna after the First World War with the Vienna Circle, a group of philosophically-trained scientists and scientifically-trained philosophers who sought to rethink philosophy in connection with the nature and foundations of knowledge. Their […]

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Patricia Blanchette discusses Logicism and the work of Gottlob Frege. Logicism is a school of thought in the philosophy of mathematics which tries to reduce mathematics to logic. Gottlob Frege was a 18th-19th century German philosopher and mathematician who made important contributions to the fields of logic, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics. This […]

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What is mathematics about and how do we acquire mathematical knowledge? Is mathematics something discovered or invented? Daniel Sutherland discusses such issues in the philosophy of mathematics, explaining some of the basic difficulties involved in trying to say what numbers are and how we come to know them. This is an episode of Elucidations, a […]

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