Mathematics, Logic and Language in Schopenhauer

Conference 2017:

Mathematics, Logic and Language in Schopenhauer

7th-8th December 2017,

FernUniversität in Hagen, KSW 4+5

The conference is motivated by the growing interest in Schopenhauer’s logic, mathematics and philosophy of language. Until a few years ago, it was hardly known that Schopenhauer was intensively concerned with mathematical evidence, logic diagrams, and problems of semantics. Both the focus on conceptual theories, hermeneutics, and Euler diagrams in Schopenhauer’s books and lectures (The Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, The World as Will and Idea, Philosophical Lectures), as well as their link with modern research areas such as “proof without words movement” and diagrammatic reasoning have shown the currency of Schopenhauer’s ideas in recent years. Particularly his criticism of Euclid’s “mouse-trap proofs”, his question about the justification of deductive reasoning, as well as Schopenhauer’s relation to Wittgenstein’s theories of meaning are controversial in current research.


Attendance is free but registration is required. Please register at lehrgebiet.busche[at]fernuni-hagen.de

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