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Hi! I'm
Philip Bold

I'm a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


My research aims to clarify Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics. Specifically, I show how Wittgenstein's discussion of mathematical practice helps us to address long-standing questions regarding the essence of numbers, the distinctive necessity of mathematical truths, and the perplexing nature of infinity. I argue that Wittgenstein's intention is to show that these questions themselves rest on false assumptions and misleading analogies.

More generally: I'm interested in the application of Wittgenstein's therapeutic methodology to persistent questions and problems in the history of philosophy.

I completed my PhD at UNC, Chapel Hill under the supervision of Alan Nelson, Ram Neta, and Markus Kohl. I earned my B.A. in Philosophy (magna cum laude) at Brown University in 2015.

In 2019, I won the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Outside philosophy, I spend most of my time rock climbing.

Download my CV here.


Email me at philipjbold [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

Follow me on PhilPapers here.

I share my favorite quotes from Wittgenstein (and related material) here: @wittgenstein_daily

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