Michele Friend

Michele Friend

Title:
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Logic Coordinator
Office:
Rome 555, Office Hours: M 3:50-5:00
Phone: 202-994-4204
Email:
michele@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of logic, logic, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of ecological economics, philosophy of computer science

Teaching: University of Reading, London School of Economics and University of Manchester.
Work in artificial intelligence as ontological engineer for Cycorp.

Education

Ph.D. 1997 University of St. Andrews

Publications

(2014) Pluralism in Mathematics; a New Position in Philosophy of Mathematics. Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science, Springer. 

Introducing Philosophy of Mathematics. Published by Acumen publishers in the U.K. (March 2007), by McGill - Queens in Canada and by Cornell University Press in the U.S.A.

Induction, Algorithmic Learning Theory and Philosophy. A collection of papers jointly edited by Valentina Harizanov, Norma Goethe and Michele Friend, in the series: Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science, edited by Shahid Rahman and John Symons. (Springer, Aug. 2007). To order a book, go to the Springer web site. In this book I co-authored the Introduction chapter wrote the chapter "Some Philosophical Issues Concerning the Confidence in Confident Learning Theory". 

Chapters:

(2012) Pluralism and “Bad” Mathematical Theories: Challenging our Prejudices. Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications. Koji Tanaka, Franz Berto, Edwin Mares and Paoli Francesco (eds.). Berlin: Springer. 277 – 309.

(2012) God ‘Promptly Vanished in a Puff of Logic’. Philosophy and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Nicholas Joll (ed.). London: Palgrave. 185 – 212.

Articles:

(2015) Using Mathematics to Explain a Scientific Theory Co-written with Daniele Molinini. Philosophia Mathematica

(2015) On the Epistemological Significance of the Hungarian Project. Synthese, special edition: Logic and Relativity Theory. Vol. 192, Issue 7 (2015), pp. 2035-2051.

(2013) Embracing the Crisis in the Foundations of Mathematics. La crise des fondements : quelle crise?, François Lepage et Karine Fradet. Les Cahiers d'Ithaque

(2011) Are Mathematicians Better Described as Formalists or Pluralists? Co-written with Andrea Pedeferri. L&PS – Logic and Philosophy of Science; selected proceedings of the SILFS 2010 International Congress. Vol.IX, No.1. Section 2.

(2011) An Analysis of the Notion of Rigour in Mathematical Proof. Co-written with Andrea Pedeferri. L&PS – Logic and Philosophy of Science; selected proceedings of the SILFS 2010 International Congress. Vol.IX, No.1. Section 2.

(2010) Confronting Ideals of Proof with the Ways of Proving of the Research Mathematician. Co-written with Norma B. Goethe.
Studia Logica
Volume 96, Number 2. 273-288.

(2010) Boole: From Calculating Numbers to Calculating Thoughts. Ferreira, F., Löwe, B., Mayordomo, E., Gomes, L.M. (eds.) Programs, Proofs and Processes; 6th Annual Conference on Computability in Europe; 6th Conference on Computability in Europe, Ponta Delgada, Azores Portugal, June/July 2010, Proceedings. Springer: Berlin 2010. 172-179.

 

Future work:

Continuing with pluralism in mathematics, a book project on meta-philosophy, developing some aspects of a pluralist accounting system for the environment.

Classes Taught

PHIL 2045.10 MW 12:45-2:00

PHIL 3121.10 MW 2:20-3:35