Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mathematics
Department of Philosophy, Western University
Philippos Papayannopoulos is currently a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department and a Resident member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, at the University of Western Ontario. His interests mainly lie in the general philosophy of science and the philosophy of mathematics. More specifically, he is interested in the applicability of mathematics to the natural sciences and its contributions to our theories. He is also interested in the (possible) consequences of the indispensability of mathematics to our theories for the ontological status of mathematical objects.
Philippos has received a B.Sc./M.Sc. degree (five-year diploma) in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), with a specialization in the physics of applications. He has also got a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the National University of Athens.
My interests fall primarily in the role of mathematics in the natural sciences. This is a philosophical issue which has recently drawn serious attention. In general, speaking of such a role one would refer to contributions regarding the formulation, the confirmation and the discovery of scientific theories, the deductive reasoning in them, or the unification, prediction and explanation of empirical facts by means of them.
I am mainly interested in two of these contributions; namely, contributions to confirmation of our scientific representations and to explanations of physical phenomena (do mathematical explanations of physical phenomena constitute cases of genuine scientific explanations?).
I am also interested in the philosophical accounts of the applicability of mathematics that have been provided so far.
Finally, I have a long-standing interest in the ontology of the mathematical objects and the potential consequences for their ontological status that their indispensability to our best theories has. Indispensability arguments in the philosophy of mathematics are a significant part of my research.
Mathematical Explanations of Physical Phenomena. (University of Athens. Supervisor: Stathis Psillos, UWO, University of Athens)
Environmental Ethics: The Deep Ecology Movement. (National Technical University of Athens. Supervisor: V. Karasmanis, NTUA)
Introduction to Logic, 2014-2015 Fall/Winter/Fall terms, Western University, (TA)