Philosophy Colloquium: “Inference to the Best Explanation as a Form of Non-Deductive Reasoning in Mathematics”

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 5:06pm -- ngroll
Speaker: 
Marc Lange
Affiliation: 
UNC - Chapel Hill

Abstract:  I will argue that mathematical conjectures are sometimes confirmed by mathematical evidence by way of an "inference to the best explanation" (IBE). To make this argument, I will first have to clarify what IBE is and also what E in mathematics can sometimes be. For good measure, I will argue in addition that IBE in mathematics can be understood in terms that a Bayesian can countenance.

Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2019 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Betts Auditorium (School of Architecture)