Roy Wagner: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

Name Prof. Dr. Roy Wagner
FieldHistory and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences
Geschichte u. Philo. d. Math.Wiss.
ETH Zürich, RZ J 6
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 84 34
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

851-0101-77LScience and the State Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
3 credits2SR. Wagner
AbstractThis course will reflect on historical and contemporary relations between science and the state. Through various case studies, we will inquire how these two institutions shaped each other. The case studies will cover various scientific disciplines.
ObjectiveTo understand how science helped form the state apparatus, and how politics helped shape science; evaluate the image of science as three thinking vs. servant of the state; analyze the role of science in generating political authority and political reasoning; analyze how political ideals are expressed in science.
851-0125-65LA Sampler of Histories and Philosophies of Mathematics
Particularly suitable for students D-CHAB, D-INFK, D-ITET, D-MATH, D-PHYS
3 credits2VR. Wagner
AbstractThis course will review several case studies from the ancient, medieval and modern history of mathematics. The case studies will be analyzed from various philosophical perspectives, while situating them in their historical and cultural contexts.
ObjectiveThe course aims are:
1. To introduce students to the historicity of mathematics
2. To make sense of mathematical practices that appear unreasonable from a contemporary point of view
3. To develop critical reflection concerning the nature of mathematical objects
4. To introduce various theoretical approaches to the philosophy and history of mathematics
5. To open the students' horizons to the plurality of mathematical cultures and practices
862-0004-09LResearch Colloquium Philosophy for Master Students and PhD (HS 2019) Restricted registration - show details
For MAGPW and PhD students of D-GESS only.
2 credits1KR. Wagner, M. Hampe, L. Wingert
AbstractPh.D. students, post docs, members of staff, and senior colleagues from other philosophy departments will report on their work in progress. Furthermore, promissing new philosophical articles and parts of new philosophical books will be studied.
ObjectiveIdeas and arguments dealing with systematic problems especially in epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of mind will be scrutinized and elaborated.