Paradox and Infinity - Massachusetts Institute of Technology



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An introduction to highlights from the technical side of philosophy--from the higher infinite to Gödel's Theorem.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: No prerequisites, but experience in college-level mathematics or computer-science could be helpful.


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In Paradox and Infinity we will study a cluster of puzzles, paradoxes and intellectual wonders, and discuss their philosophical implications. The class is divided into three modules: Time Travel and Free Will: Learn about whether time travel is logically possible, and whether it is compatible with free will. Infinity: Learn about how some infinities are bigger than others, and explore the mind-boggling hierarchy of bigger and bigger infinities. Computability and Gödel’s Theorem: Learn about how some mathematical functions are so complex, that no computer could possibly compute them. Use this result to prove Gödel’s famous Incompleteness Theorem. Bonus: If you sign up to pursue a Verified Certificate for this class, you will be assigned problems that are graded by teaching assistants, and given professional written feedback. This will bring your learning experience one level closer to that of residential students at MIT. If you pass the class, you will receive an MITx certificate, in addition to edX's Verified Certificate of Achievement.

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Agustin Rayo Agustin is a professor of philosophy at MIT, and a professorial fellow at the University of Oslo. His research lies in the intersection of the philosophy of language and the philosophy of logic and mathematics. He is the author of The Construction of Logical Space. Damien Rochford Hi! I’m Damien. I helped create the content of this course, and I will be your forum moderator. I have bachelor’s degrees in pure mathematics and in philosophy from the University of Melbourne, a PhD in philosophy from MIT (Agustín was on my dissertation committee), and a lovely singing voice.