The Fall 2018 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Anat Schechtman (U of Wisconsin, Madison).
Title: Non-Quantitative Infinity.
Abstract: Much philosophical work on the history of infinity has focused primarily on quantitative conceptions of infinity, operative in mathematics and physics. This talk explores the possibility of an alternative, non-quantitative notion of infinity, whose home is in metaphysics. First, I say what it is for a notion of infinity to be quantitative, and by contrast, what it is for a notion of infinity to be non-quantitative. Second, I develop two models of non-quantitative infinity, qualitative and ontic, each of which aims to make sense of divine infinity. I then argue that the ontic model is superior.
Location: Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.