Get an idea of who we are - the university in the heart of Munich. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a more than 500-year-long tradition. "Introducing LMU" gives an insight into learning and teaching as well as research and life at LMU.

In this series of ten video lectures Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and King’s College London, discusses the contributions of women intellectuals, mystics, and philosophers in ancient Greece, ancient China, the Islamic world, and medieval Europe. From Diotima to Christine de Pizan, we learn about the ideas of female thinkers and also about the challenges they faced in putting forward these ideas.

This course focuses on an applied analysis of competition. Important concepts from industrial organization, game theory, product life-cycle analysis, and industry evolution are discussed. Additionally, important characteristics of network industries such as network effects and standard setting are considered. The concept of competition used in this course is interpreted broadly and also encompasses the analysis of strategic cooperation between firms.

The philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel is a major focus of Robert Brandom's work. Brandom makes Hegel's thought accessible to analytic philosophy by developing a semantic interpretation of the "Phenomenology of Spirit". In his Munich lectures, Brandom is going to present new texts on the "Introduction" of Hegel's Phenomenology for the first time. Conference host: Society "Conceptions of Reason. Justification and Critique" (cooperation of Chair II for Philosophie, LMU Munich, Prof. Axel Hutter, and C ...

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics went to the inventors of the blue LED, which provides the basis for today's energy-efficient and environmentally benign light sources. According to the citation, the blue LED "allows white light to be created in a new way". But without the discoveries subsequently made by Professor Wolfgang Schnick's group in the Chemistry Department at LMU Munich, consumers would not have taken to the new "white" light. For Schnick and his colleagues "reinvented" warm white l ...

Mathematical Philosophy - the application of logical and mathematical methods in philosophy - is about to experience a tremendous boom in various areas of philosophy. At the new Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, which is funded mostly by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, philosophical research will be carried out mathematically, that is, by means of methods that are very close to those used by the scientists. The purpose of doing philosophy in this way is not to reduce p ...

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Hegel lectures by Robert Brandom, LMU Munich

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Lecture Three: "Determining Meaning and Truth: The Emergence of the New, True Object"
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The philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel is a major focus of Robert Brandom's work. Brandom makes Hegel's thought accessible to analytic philosophy by developing a semantic interpretation of the "Phenomenology of Spirit". In his Munich lectures, Brandom is going to present new texts on the "Introduction" of Hegel's Phenomenology for the first time.…

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Hegel lectures by Robert Brandom, LMU Munich

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Lecture One: "Conceptual Realism and the Semantic Possibility of Knowledge"
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Hegel lectures by Robert Brandom, LMU Munich

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Lecture Two: "Representation and the Experience of Error: A Functionalist Approach to the Distinction between Appearance and Reality"
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MCMP – Philosophy of Mathematics

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Recent metamathematical wonders and the question of arithmetical realism
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Andrey Bovykin (Bristol) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (16 January, 2013) titled "Recent metamathematical wonders and the question of arithmetical realism". Abstract: Metamathematics is the study of what is possible or impossible in mathematics, the study of unprovability, limitations of methods, algorithmic undecidability and "truth". I woul…

Agenda: Chocolate Wars, Competitor Analysis and Game Theory, Nash Equilibirium, Prisoner's Dilemma, Corunot Game, Credible ThreatsBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Agenda: Competition Policy Instruments, Ban on Cartels, Abuse Control, Merger Control, Competition AuthoritiesBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Agenda: Why Cooperation?, Complementarity, Repeated Games, CommitmentBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Agenda: Market Attractiveness, Entry Barriers, Entrant's Advantages, Entry Strategies, Incumbent StrategiesBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Agenda: The Story of AMD and Intel, What is Competition?, What is Strategy?By Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Agenda: Definition of Complements, Strategies for Complements, Types of Swichting Costs, Customer Value and Switching Costs, Effects of Switching Costs on Industry EquilibriumBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Steve Awodey (CMU) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (16 July, 2014) titled "The Univalence Axiom". Abstract: In homotopy type theory, the Univalence Axiom is a new principle of reasoning which implies that isomorphic structures can be identified. I will explain this axiom and consider its background and consequences, both mathematical and philos…

Agenda: Bertrand Paradox, Consumer Preferences, Horizontal Differentiation, Vertical Differentiation, Porter's Generic Strategies, AmbidexterityBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Agenda: Direct Network Effects, Indirect Network Effects, Utility Function, Critical Mass, Compatibility & Standards, Market StructureBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

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In Good Company? On Hume's Principle and the assignment of numbers to infinite concepts.
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Paolo Mancosu (UC Berkeley) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (8 May, 2014) titled "In Good Company? On Hume's Principle and the assignment of numbers to infinite concepts.". Abstract: In a recent article (Review of Symbolic Logic 2009), I have explored the historical, mathematical, and philosophical issues related to the new theory of numerositi…

Agenda: What are M&As?, Goals of M&As, M&A Process, Success of M&As, Alternatives to M&AsBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Agenda: Why Price Discrimination?, First Degree Price Discrimination, Second Degree Price Discrimination, Third Degree Price Discrimination, Intertemporal PricingBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

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Learning Experiences, Expected Inaccuracy, and the Value of Knowledge
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Simon Huttegger (UC Irvine) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (8 May, 2014) titled "Learning Experiences, Expected Inaccuracy, and the Value of Knowledge". Abstract: I argue that van Fraassen's reflection principle is a principle of rational learning. First, I show that it follows if one wants to minimize expected inaccuracy. Second, the reflecti…

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LMU Competition & Strategy (ISTO)

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10. Horizontal and Vertical Firm Boundaries
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Agenda: Economies of Scale, Economies of Scope, Diseconomies of Scale & Scope, Reasons to Buy or Make, Double Marginalization, Strategy and Governance FitBy Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer

Eric Schliesser (Ghent) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (25 June, 2014) titled "Anti-Mathematicism and Formal Philosophy". Abstract: Hannes Leitgeb rightly claims that "contemporary critics of mathematization of (parts of) philosophy do not so much put forward arguments as really express a feeling of uneasiness or insecurity vis-à-vis mathemati…

The series ends with a look at Christine de Pizan and her response to misogynistic medieval literature, focusing especially on her role in the debate over Jean de Meun’s poem Romance of the Rose.By Peter Adamson

In this episode we examine late medieval English mysticism as a context for the work of the famous anchorite Julian of Norwich, and discuss her remarkable response to the problem of why there is evil in the world.By Peter Adamson

The most daring woman medieval philosopher was Marguerite Porete, whose teachings in her Mirror of Simple Souls led to her being executed in Paris at the beginning of the fourteenth century.By Peter Adamson

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Women Thinkers in Antiquity and the Middle Ages - SD

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Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg
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In this episode we learn about the writings of Mechthild of Magdeburg and Hadewijch, Beguine mystics who wrote respectively in medieval German and medieval Dutch and used the tropes of courtly love poetry to describe their relation to God.By Peter Adamson

Two great women philosophers of the twelfth century: Heloise, the student and lover of Peter Abelard, and the visionary mystic and natural philosopher Hildegard of Bingen.By Peter Adamson

The role of women intellectuals in Islam, focusing on the medieval period: the role of women in transmitting religious knowledge, and the achievements of female mystics (Sufis) like Rabi‘a.By Peter Adamson

We turn from ancient European culture to ancient India, and discuss the presentation of women sages in the Upanisads and a passage of the Mahabharata, in which a female mystic named Sulabha refutes a king’s pretensions to wisdom.By Peter Adamson

A number of late antique texts depict women engaged in philosophical debate, including the pagan martyr, mathematician, and philosopher Hypatia, Macrina, depicted on her deathbed discoursing on the immortality of the soul, and Augustine’s mother Monica.By Peter Adamson

To better understand the context within which ancient and medieval women lived and thought, we examine ideas about women in Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics.By Peter Adamson

A look at letters ascribed to early female Pythagoreans and a discussion of Diotima and Aspasia, who appear as speakers in Plato’s dialogues Symposium and Menexenus.By Peter Adamson

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Light Sheet Sheds Light on Tumor Therapy

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Light Sheet Sheds Light on Tumor Therapy (CC)
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The idea of light sheet microscopy was already born a hundred years ago. Richard Zsigmondy used an innovative method of side illumination to observe the chemistry of nanometer sized colloids, which won him the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1925. Almost a century later, Ernst Stelzer and his group re-implemented that technology within an era dominated…

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Photoswitches: A New Addition to the Molecular Toolkit – SD

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Photoswitches: A New Addition to the Molecular Toolkit
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LMU chemist Dirk Trauner builds photoresponsive molecular switches thatenable nerve-cell receptors to be controlled by light. In this way,nerve-cell activity can be switched on and off at will – in the laboratory.“But,” he says, “we hope that our research can be translated into medicalapplications.” In that case, Trauner’s strategy could provide a …

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Photoswitches: A New Addition to the Molecular Toolkit – HD

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Photoswitches: A New Addition to the Molecular Toolkit
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MCMP – Philosophy of Mathematics

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Geometrical Roots of Model Theory: Duality and Relative Consistency
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Georg Schiemer (Vienna/MCMP) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (9 July, 2015) titled "Geometrical Roots of Model Theory: Duality and Relative Consistency". Abstract: Axiomatic geometry in Hilbert's Grundlagen der Geometrie (1899) is usually described as model-theoretic in character: theories are understood as theory schemata that implicitly defin…

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A Hypothetical Conception of Mathematics in Practice
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José Ferreirós (Sevilla) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (11 June, 2015) titled "A Hypothetical Conception of Mathematics in Practice". Abstract: The aim of the talk will be to present some of the basic aspects of my approach to mathematical epistemology, developed in the forthcoming book Mathematical Knowledge and the Interplay of Practices (P…

Sam Sanders (MCMP) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (16 April, 2015) titled "On the Contingency of Predicativism". Abstract: Following his discovery of the paradoxes present in naive set theory, Russell proposed to ban the vicious circle principle, nowadays called impredicative definition, by which a set may be defined by referring to the totali…

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A Computational Perspective on Metamathematics
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Vasco Brattka (UniBwM Munich) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (29 January, 2015) titled "A Computational Perspective on Metamathematics". Abstract: By metamathematics we understand the study of mathematics itself using methods of mathematics in a broad sense (not necessarily based on any formal system of logic). In the evolution of mathematics …

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Quantified Probability Logics: How Boolean Algebras Met Real-Closed Fields
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Stanislav O. Speranski (Sobolev Institute of Mathematics) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (4 December, 2014) titled "Quantified probability logics: how Boolean algebras met real-closed fields". Abstract: This talk is devoted to one interesting probability logic with quantifiers over events — henceforth denoted by QPL. That is to say, the quanti…

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Symmetry and Mathematicians' Aesthetic Preferences: a Case Study
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Irina Starikova (Sao Paulo) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (8 January, 2015) titled "Symmetry and Mathematicians' Aesthetic Preferences: a Case Study". Abstract: Symmetry plays an important role in some areas of mathematics and has traditionally been regarded as a factor of visual beauty. In this talk I explore the ways that symmetry contribut…

Stewart Shapiro (Ohio) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (18 December, 2014) titled "An Aristotelian continuum". Abstract: Geoffrey Hellman and I are working on a point-free account of the continuum. The current version is “gunky” in that it does not recognize points, as part of regions, but it does make essential use of actual infinity. The purp…

Hourya Benis-Sinaceur (Paris I) gives a talk at the Workshop on Mathematics: Objectivity by Representation (11 November, 2014) titled "Neuropsychology of numbers". Abstract: How do we extract numbers from our perceiving the surrounding world? Neurosciences and cognitive sciences provide us with a myriad of empirical findings that shed light on hypo…

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IF epistemic logic and mathematical knowledge
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Manuel Rebuschi (Poincaré Archives, University of Lorraine, Nancy) gives a talk at the Workshop on Mathematics: Objectivity by Representation (11 November, 2014) titled "IF epistemic logic and mathematical knowledge". Abstract: Can epistemic logicstate anything interesting about the epistemology of mathematics? That's one of Jaakko Hintikka’s claim…

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Natural numbers in philosophy of mathematics and in cognitive science
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Paula Quinon (Lund) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (27 November, 2014) titled "Natural numbers in philosophy of mathematics and in cognitive science". Abstract: Natural numbers are the object of studies in various disciplines. Two such disciplines are the philosophy of mathematics and research in developmental cognitive sciences. My current en…

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On Mathematical Structuralism. A Theory of Unlabeled Graphs as Ante Rem Structures
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Hannes Leitgeb (MCMP/LMU) gives a talk at the Workshop on Mathematics: Objectivity by Representation (11 November, 2014) titled "On Mathematical Structuralism. A Theory of Unlabeled Graphs as Ante Rem Structures". Abstract: There are different versions of structuralism in present-day philosophy of mathematics which all take as their starting point …

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What are the challenges of Benacerrafs Dilemma? A Reinterpretation
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Marco Panza (Paris I) gives a talk at the Workshop on Mathematics: Objectivity by Representation (11 November, 2014) titled "What are the challenges of Benacerrafs Dilemma? A Reinterpretation". Abstract: Despite its enormous influence, Benacerraf's dilemma admits no standard, unanimously accepted, version. This mainly depends on Benacerraf's having…

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Discernibility from a countable perspective
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Kate Hodesdon (Nancy) gives a talk at the Workshop on Mathematics: Objectivity by Representation (11 November, 2014) titled "Discernibility from a countable perspective". Abstract: In this talk I discuss formal methods for discerning between uncountably many objects with a countable language, building on recent work of James Ladyman, Øystein Linneb…

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Three ways in which logic might be normative
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Florian Steinberger (MCMP/LMU) gives a talk at the Workshop on Mathematics: Objectivity by Representation (11 November, 2014) titled "Three ways in which logic might be normative". Abstract: Logic, the tradition has it, is, in some sense, normative for reasoning. Famously, the tradition was challenged by Gilbert Harman who argued that there is no i…

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Creativity and Serendipity Light the Way to the Optimal LED – SD

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics went to the inventors of the blue LED, which provides the basis for today's energy-efficient and environmentally benign light sources. According to the citation, the blue LED "allows white light to be created in a new way". But without the discoveries subsequently made by Professor Wolfgang Schnick's group in the Che…

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Creativity and Serendipity Light the Way to the Optimal LED – HD

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MCMP – Philosophy of Mathematics

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A useful method for obtaining alternative formulations of the analytical hierarchy
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Stanislav O. Speranski (Sobolev Institute of Mathematics) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (6 November, 2014) titled "A useful method for obtaining alternative formulations of the analytical hierarchy". Abstract: In mathematical philosophy one often employs various formal systems and structures for solving philosophical tasks. In particular, man…

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Haecceities and Mathematical Structuralism
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Christopher Menzel (Texas A&M University) gives a talk at the MCMP Colloquium (18 June, 2014) titled "Haecceities and Mathematical Structuralism". Abstract: It is well-known that some earlier versions of mathematical structuralism (notably from Resnik and Shapiro) appeared to be committed to a rather strong form of the Identity of Indiscernibles (I…