Wednesday, 22th May 2013, 09:00-10:30
Cours de M. Arana (prof. Invité de P1) dans le cadre de LOPHISC
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Professeur émérite, Paris 1
Professor at Université Paris I, Department of Philosophy regular member of IHPST.
Born 1942 in Besançon, alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, agrégé de Philosophie, Jean Mosconi holds a Doctorat d’État in Philosophy. He was for a time a schoolteacher in Philosophy, then his academic career went off at Université Paris I; there he contributed after Roger Martin and Jacques Bouveresse to organizing and running the degree course in Logic. His research work is dedicated to History and Philosophy of formal sciences, with regard mainly to their developments in the 20 th century.
That work originates in a dual conviction. On the one hand, to his mind philosophers get a lot from thinking about the main concepts and results of modern Logic and the works on the foundations of Mathematics; and he considers that this thought has to conform to the high standards of argumentative rigour that were instituted by the works of the greatest logicians, from Frege and Russell to Gödel, Carnap, Quine and beyond. On the other hand, in keeping with a French philosophical tradition in which he was trained, he judges that this reflection is enriched by studying the history of the subjects in question, and that such a Study goes beyond merely reconstruction old conceptions by letting part work and today’s scientific or philosophical problems throw light on one another.
Jean Mosconi undertook first, in his Thèse de Doctorat, a thorough study of the genesis of Automata Theory and of the links between the development of Logic and the origins of Computer Science. Most of his later works deal with the Theory of Calculability: its history, the philosophical problems tied to its conceptualisation (Church’s Thesis), its philosophical implications for our conceptions of machines and thought. He also took part in various collective endeavours at the IHPST; the study, translation and presentation of important texts in logic and foundations of mathematics. For some years this also concerned the philosophy of mathematics in the 20 th century, especially contemporary structuralism. Jean Mosconi is now co-editing a source book in the theory of calculability, at the IHPST.
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