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Oran Magal

  Oran Magal

   LEA 941
   Email: oran [dot] magal [at] mcgill [dot] ca
   Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.

My postdoctoral fellowship is with the Montreal inter-university research group Existence et connaissance des objets mathématiques (Existence and Knowledge of Mathematical Objects). I received my PhD at McGill University in May 2013, working under the supervision of Michael Hallett and Dirk Schlimm.

My principal research interests are in the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of science. In my doctoral research, I developed an extended argument as to the essential nature specific to mathematics: namely, a certain kind of structural abstraction, alongside an irreducible 'intuitive' content having to do with the meaning of its fundamental concepts. I then went on to analyse the interplay between these two aspects, which connects with my current research. The argument articulated in my dissertation builds on an analysis of the works of both historical and contemporary figures, and integrates the history of philosophy with the parallel and closely connected contemporaneous history of logic and mathematics

My ongoing research concerns the dynamics of conceptual change, with the philosophical and methodological debates during the emergence of modern mathematics the main context in which to explore this. This current work, with its roots in philosophy of mathematics and logic, is the first step in a longer-term and broader project. My current and future work concerns some of the core issues of analytic  epistemology, meta-ethics, and philosophy of language, such as the role of intuition in knowledge, analyticity, and the nature and scope of the a priori. I also have strong longer-term research interests in the history of analytic philosophy, in the philosophy of physics, and in the philosophy of psychiatry.