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The Infinite

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About the Course

In this course Adrian Moore (University of Oxford) explores the infinite in metaphysics and theology, through a historical approach. In the first module we think about what we mean by the infinite. After that, we explore the Ancient Greeks and their hostility towards the infinite. In the third module we look at medieval thinkers and a positive change in metaphysical and theological conceptions of the infinite, before moving onto a module on early modern thinkers and the question of what grasp we have on the infinite. In the fifth module, we delve more deeply into the question: what should we make of the infinite? Finally, in the sixth module, we turn our attention to the finite, and the variation in attitudes towards finitude.

About the Lecturer

Adrian Moore is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College. He was an undergraduate at Cambridge and a graduate at Oxford, where he wrote his doctorate under the supervision of Michael Dummett. His publications include The Infinite; Points of View; Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty: Themes and Variations in Kant’s Moral and Religious Philosophy; and, most recently, The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things.

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