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{en} This research colloquium presents international Digital Humanities projects. This semester will feature a number of talks from digital classics. The event is open to external participants, registration is not required. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter.


Semesterplan / Schedule

Mi/Wed · 26.10.2022 · 18:15–19:45


Science explainswhyreality is as it is. But what is scientific explanation? In philosophy of science, it is debated whether explanations are causal or can also be non-causal. Importantly, if all scientific explanations are causal, then mathematics does not explain, because mathematics provides non-causal, conceptual explanations. A virtually identical debate originated in antiquity with Proclus (412–485 CE), opposing two views:

  • (1) mathematics is explanatory.
  • (2) mathematics is not explanatory.

This ancient opposition ruled the debate on scientic explanation for millennia. An unsolved mystery surrounds (2), however. Proclus follows (1) and attributes (2) to Aristotle, contradicting Aristotle's own
authoritativewritings.Whatdynamicsofthoughtcouldexplainsuchastarkandmomentous misattribution?