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Science and Metaphysics

lecture course
Thursday 1400 - 15:30   Room 221  (Múzeum krt. 4/i)
(The lectures will  be given in English. The exam can be taken in English or Hungarian.)

First class: September 20


The aim of the course is to clarify the role of scientific knowledge (formal sciences included) in contemporary metaphysics and in theoretical philosophy in general; and to review the most important issues common to both contemporary analytical philosophy and scientific discourse. The main topics include: events and entities; time; space; particulars; universals; properties; supervenience and reduction; similarity; identity; realism/anti-realism; abstract entities; aprioricity; necessity; contingency; chance; laws of nature; determinism/indeterminism; modal realism; causality; persistence; personal identity; free will; agency.

Records and the slides of the lectures will be available.

List of suggested readings
  • John W. Carroll, Ned Markosian: An Introduction to Metaphysics, CUP 2010.
  • E. J. Lowe: A Survey of Metaphysics, OUP 2002
  • J. Heil:. From an Ontological Point of View. Oxford: Clarendon Press  2003.
  • Norman Swartz: Beyond Experience – Metaphysical Theories and Philosophical Constraints (Second Edition). Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2001.
  • L. E. Szabó: Meaning, Truth, and Physics, In G. Hofer-Szabó, L. Wroński  (eds.),   Making it Formally Explicit, European Studies in Philosophy of Science 6. (Springer International Publishing, 2017) DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-55486-0_9. (Preprint: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/14769/)
  • L. E. Szabó: Mathematical facts in a physicalist ontology, Parallel Processing Letters, 22 (2012) 1240009 (12 pages), DOI: 10.1142/S0129626412400099 [preprint]
  • L. E. Szabó: Formal Systems as Physical Objects: A Physicalist Account of Mathematical Truth, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 17 (2003) pp. 117 – 125 (preprint: PDF)
  • L. E. Szabó: What remains of probability?, in D. Dieks, W. Gonzalez, S. Hartmann, M. Weber, F. Stadler and T. Uebel (eds.), The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science, Springer, forthcoming. [PDF]
  • L. E. Szabó: Objective probability-like things with and without  objective indeterminism, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (2007) 626–634 [Prepirnt (PDF)
  • L. E. Szabó:The Einstein--Podolsky--Rosen Argument and the Bell Inequalities, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2008)

Credit requirements
  • oral exam from the material of the lectures

Records and slides

Wednesday 2PM, Room 225
(Dec 19, Jan 2,9,16,23,30)

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Logika és tudományelmélet MA szak

Master's in Logic and Theory of Science

(in English)

The curriculum includes core courses in logic and formal approaches to philosophy of science, and advanced optional courses in logic, philosophy of mathematics, foundations of physics, logical methods in linguistics, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and formal models in social sciences. Students can choose a focus according to their own fields of interests. In general, the program is research oriented, aiming to prepare students for a PhD program.

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