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Infinite Jesters: What can philosophers learn from a puzzle involving infinitely many clowns?

Thursday 23rd May 2024

17:00-18:00 (UK)

Andrew Wiles Building, University of Oxford


About the Lecture

Ofra Magidor and Alex Kaiserman, from the University of Oxford are hosting an online lecture who will consider a simple but intriguing mathematical argument to show how infinitely many clowns appear to have some surprising powers. They will discuss what conclusion philosophers can and cannot draw from this case, and connect the discussion to a number of key philosophical issues such as the problem of free will and the Grandfather Paradox for time travel.


The lecture will also be broadcast on the Oxford Mathematics YouTube Channel on Thursday 13th June incase you miss the live lecture.


Who is this lecture suitable for?

Any students who are interested in studying Maths, Philosophy, or other related subjects at university.


Please do not register to attend if you have any lessons or other pre-planned activities which may overlap with this lecture, unless you have received authorised permission to do so.

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