Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session


There are no prerequisites for this course.

General Information

In this class we will study a cluster of puzzles, paradoxes and intellectual wonders—from the higher infinite to Gödel's Theorem—and discuss their philosophical implications.


There is one required textbook:

Buy at Amazon Rucker, Rudy. Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite. Princeton University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780691121277.

(If you have the 1995 printing, that's okay too; all you'll be missing is a new preface by the author.)

Other readings come from a variety of sources and are detailed in the Readings section.

Grading Policy

Problem sets 45%
End-of-Term assignment 50%
Class participation 5%

For more information on the course activities, see the Assignments section.