Infinite Jesters: what can philosophers learn from a puzzle involving infinitely many clowns? - Ofra Magidor and Alexander Kaiserman

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17:00 - 18:00
Mathematical Institute
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
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Parents, Students, Teachers
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Age 15-16 (year 11), Age 16-17 (year 12), Age 17-18 (year 13)
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Ofra and Alex consider a simple but intriguing mathematical argument, which purports to show how infinitely many clowns appear to have some surprising powers. They'll discuss what conclusions philosophers can and cannot draw from this case, and connect the discussion to a number of key philosophical issues such as the problem of free will and the Grandfather Paradox for time travel.

Ofra Magidor is Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Magdalen College. Alex Kaiserman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Fairfax Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Balliol College. While they are both philosophers, Ofra holds a BSc in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Computer Science and Alex holds an MPhysPhil in Physics and Philosophy, so they are no strangers to STEM subjects.

Please email [email protected] to register to attend in person.

The lecture will be broadcast on the Oxford Mathematics YouTube channel on Thursday 13 June at 5-6pm and can be viewed any time after (no need to register for the online version).

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