The program focuses on logic and its applications in the philosophy of science, particularly in the foundations of mathematics, physics, linguistics, and the social sciences. Beyond a few core courses and a joint four-semester seminar series providing a common background to all students, we offer the following four thematic groups of courses: Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics, Foundations of Physics, Logic in Linguistics, and Models in the Social Sciences – the student has to choose 7 of these.
In general, the program is research-oriented, aiming to prepare students for a Ph.D. program. The program aims at developing the research abilities of the students. Its central part is the Logic and its Applications Seminar at the Department of Logic, where students and staff members together discuss their work in progress. The most often occurring topics of the seminar are set theory and model theory in their philosophical connections, philosophy of mathematics in general, formalization of physical theories, such as special and general relativity within different logical frameworks. Students get acquainted with the research works of the staff of the department and its partner and join a research program in order to write their own thesis. They are required to give two presentations of their work during the two years.
This program is recommended to applicants who are planning doctoral studies in philosophy, mathematics, physics, linguistics.
This program enables students to apply for doctoral programs in various areas: philosophy, mathematics, physics, linguistics.
Strength of program
The Department of Logic at ELTE has successful cooperation with the Algebraic Logic research division at Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Theoretical Linguistics of the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The department organizes and hosts two weekly colloquia: the Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics seminar (LaPoM) and the Theoretical Philosophy Forum. Our MA and Ph.D. students regularly and actively participate in these events.
The program is designed for those who want to continue their studies on the postgraduate level. Our graduates have good prospects for applying to Ph.D. programs in philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, informatics, physics, economics and sociology. Our graduates have become successful Ph.D. students and academics at Eötvös Loránd University and at several universities all over Europe and overseas, including institutions like MIT.
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