Fall 2022 - PHIL 345W D100

Philosophy of Mathematics (3)

Class Number: 7736

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    One of PHIL 110, 210, 314, 315 or MACM 101.



Examines central philosophical issues related to mathematics. Topics may include the metaphysical status of mathematical entities, mathematical knowledge, set theory and others. Writing.


This course introduces students to the philosophy of mathematics and explores the field's major themes. We will investigate questions about the existence of mathematical objects, the possibility for and acquisition of mathematical knowledge, the notion of proof, and the role of mathematics in science, among others. Students will read, discuss, and write about papers by both philosophers and mathematicians.


This course may be applied towards the Writing Requirement.  

PHIL 345W is approved to satisfy the upper division Writing requirement for Mathematics and Applied Mathematics students, but will not count as a Math course (please contact the MATH Advisor if you require more details). Therefore this course can also be used towards a philosophy minor by Math students. 


  • Syllabus quiz and survey 2%
  • Weekly written reading responses, in-class 48%
  • Three essay assignments (16.66% each) 50%





Students must bring the assigned reading to class. It is highly recommended that students print the readings but accessing them via a personal computer is acceptable.



All readings will be made available through Canvas. No book purchases are necessary, but it is highly recommended that students print out the assigned readings.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at philmgr@sfu.ca   More details on our website: SFU Philosophy

New elective grade policy : P/CR/NC, pilot project in place from Spring 2021 to Summer 2023. List of exclusions for the new policy. Specifically for Philosophy: 

  • Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any requirement for a major, joint major, honours, or minor in Philosophy (with the exception of Honours tutorials).
  • Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any prerequisite requirement for any PHIL course.
  • Students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any requirement for the Ethics Certificate, or the Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate.
  • Philosophy Majors and Honours students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any WQB requirement.

Registrar Notes:


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