Talk: “Intuition and Mathematical Objects,” Kai Hauser (TU Berlin), A-130, 3:40PM October 26 (EN)

“Intuition and Mathematical Objects”
By Kai Hauser (TU Berlin)

Date: Thursday, 26 October

Time: 1540-1730

Place: A-130

All welcome

Abstract: The view that mathematics deals with ideal objects to which we have epistemic access by a kind of perception (‘intuition’) has troubled many thinkers. Using ideas from Husserl’s phenomenology, I will take a fresh look at these matters. The upshot of this approach is that there are non-material objects and that they can be recognized in a process very closely related to ordinary perception. In fact, the perception of physical objects may be regarded as a special case of this more universal way of recognizing objects of any kind.