Plato's Heaven: A User's Guide
A conversation with James Robert Brown

What do mathematicians actually do? Just move symbols around or search to uncover undying truths? Most mathematicians shy away from addresing the question, but James Robert Brown plunges straight in to describe his implacable Platonist beliefs.

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About James Robert Brown:
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James Robert Brown is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He has written widely on a number of topics in the philosophy of science and philosophy of mathematics ranging from the sociology of science to seismology, but is perhaps most recognized for his pioneering work in thoug...

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Some Additional Resources:
The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences

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Philosophy of Mathematics

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PI in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being

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Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

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Proofs and Pictures: The Role of Visualization in Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: Definitions and Platons (1:39)

Chapter 2: Appeals to Authority, Naturalism, and Falling Trees (12:10)

Chapter 3: Glimpsing Plato’s Heaven Through Thought Experiments (28:33)

Chapter 4: Even More We Don’t Understand: The Mind-Body Problem (41:36)

Chapter 5: Philosophical Schisms (44:50)

Chapter 6: The Personal Platonist (49:21)

Chapter 7: Philosophy as a Team Sport (54:28)

Credits (1:00:58)