Mark Steiner, 1942–2020

Mark Steiner, Professor emeritus of Philosophy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, died April 6, 2020 of complications from COVID-19. He was a leading philosopher of mathematics, who was especially well known for his books The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem (1998, Harvard University Press) and Mathematical Knowledge (1975, Cornell University Press) and his pioneering work on explanation in mathematics.


Mic Detlefsen, 1948–2019

Mic Detlefsen, founding president of the Philosophy of Mathematics Association, has died. The philosophy of mathematics community deeply mourns his loss.

Link to Notre Dame memorial page


CfP: Fifth International Meeting of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice

Call for papers

Fifth International Meeting of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice.
18-21 January, 2020
ETH, Zürich
We invite submissions on any areas connected to the philosophy of mathematical practice.
A title and abstract (250-500 words) should be submitted before 1 June 2019 via the conference website at the following address:
Notification will be sent out by August 1. Post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students are strongly encouraged to send proposals.
Registration
All contributing speakers and discussants are requested to confirm their participation before 20 December 2019 and to pay the conference fee, which will include congress material, coffee breaks and buffet lunches, via the conference website (address above).  The conference dinner is payable separately.  Reduced fees are available to participants who are not beneficiaries of institutional support.  Early bird rates apply to registrations made before 15 August 2019.  There will be some funding available for travel subsidies.
Keynote speakers
Gisele Secco (Univ. Federal de Santa Maria, Brasil)
Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College, USA)
Øystein Linnebo (Univ. of Oslo, Norway)
Jeremy Avigad (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Vincenzo De Risi (Laboratoire SPHère, CNRS-Univ. Paris 7, France)
Organizing Committee
Sara Booz (ETH, Zurich)
Silvia De Toffoli (Princeton University, USA)
Valeria Giardino (Archives Henri Poincaré, CNRS, Nancy, France)
Dirk Schlimm (McGill University, Canada)
Roi Wagner (ETH, Zurich)
Scientific Committee
Abel Lassalle Casanave (Univ. Federal de Bahia, Brasil)
José Ferreirós (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)
Valeria Giardino (Archives Henri Poincaré, CNRS, Nancy, France)
Emily Rolfe Grosholz (Penn State University, USA)
Brendan Larvor (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Paolo Mancosu (UC Berkeley, USA)
Dirk Schlimm (McGill University, Canada)

Personal Subscriptions to Philosophia Mathematica

Robert Thomas, editor of Philosophia Mathematica, writes:

Oxford University Press has given the impression this year that they would not be continuing personal subscriptions to Philosophia Mathematica since in 2018 the journal will be online only, what institutions overwhelmingly want. This decision was in fact made, but it has been reversed and at favorable rates as follows:

Euro zone North America GB & rest of world
Unaffiliated 78 euros 99 US dollars 62 pounds
ASL members 39 euros 50 US dollars 31 pounds

CSHPM members, anywhere outside Canada, 50 US dollars, paid to the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics.

Two things to note. Membership in CSHPM is so cheap at 23 US dollars (Cdn$30 in Canada), that it could easily pay to join CSHPM for the sole purpose of saving money on a PM subscription. See www.cshpm.org/join/

Subscriptions by ASL members and others are arranged through OUP:
UK Journals Customer Service, Tel: + 44 (0)1865 353907, Fax: + 44 (0)1865 353485.
USA Journals Customer Service, Tel: + 1 919-677-0977, + 1 800-852-7323 (toll-free in USA and Canada), Fax: + 1 919-677-1714.


CfP: Fourth International Meeting of the APMP (October 23-27, 2017, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil)

Call for papers
We welcome paper proposals within the area of the philosophy of mathematical practice. A title and abstract (250-500 words) should be sent to gisele.secco@ufrgs.br, before January 31, 2017. Notification will be sent out by April 30th. Post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students are highly invited to send proposals.

Registration
All contributing speakers and discussants are requested to confirm their participation before May 30th by sending an e-mail containing name and affiliation and paying a conference fee of US$ 100, which will include congress material, coffee breaks and the conference dinner meal. Participants without a permanent position are entitled to a discount, paying a fee of US$ 50; similarly for those who may attend the conference without presenting a communication. This should be settled in advance via transfer (more details to be defined).

Keynote speakers
Luiz Carlos Pereira – Brazil
Jemma Lorenat – USA
Valeria Giardino – France
José Ferreirós – Spain
Erich Reck – USA

Round Tables
Platonism in Mathematical Practice
Elaine Landry (USA) / Oswaldo Chateaubriand (Brazil) / Marco Panza (France)

Formal and informal proofs
Jessica Carter (Denmark) / Paolo Mancosu (USA) / Max Dickmann (France)

Workshops
On the relationship between geometry and arithmetic: the theories of proportion from Euclid to Hilbert
Organizer: Davide Crippa (Czech Republic)
Speakers: Vincenzo De Risi (Germany) / Davide Crippa (Czech Republic) / Eduardo Giovannini (Argentina)

Varieties of visualization in mathematics
Organizer: Silvia De Toffoli (USA)
Speakers: Silvia De Toffoli (USA) / Javier Legris (Argentine) / Danielle Macbeth (USA)

Education and mathematical practice
Organizer: Gert Schubring (Brazil)
Speakers: Gert Schubring (Brazil) /Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Dennmark) / Nicola Oswald (Germany)

Contradictory objects in mathematical practice
Organizer: Walter Carnielli (Brazil)
Speakers: Walter Carnielli (Brazil) / Giorgio Venturi (Brazil) / Abilio Rodriguez (Brazil)

Organizing Committee
Abel Lassalle Casanave – Brazil —– Chair
Frank Thomas Sautter – Brazil
Wagner Sanz – Brazil
Gisele Secco – Brazil

Scientific Committee
Luis Carlos Arboleda – Colombia
Jessica Carter – Denmark
Oswaldo Chateaubriand – Brazil
Elaine Landry – USA
Paolo Mancosu – USA
Marco Panza – France -—- Chair

(download this cfp in pdf format)


CfA: Foundations of Mathematical Structuralism

12-14 October 2016
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich

In the course of the last century, different general frameworks for the foundations of mathematics have been investigated. The orthodox approach to foundations interprets mathematics in the universe of sets. More recently, however, there have been other developments that call into question the whole method of set theory as a foundational discipline. Category-theoretic methods that focus on structural relationships and structure-preserving mappings between mathematical objects, rather than on the objects themselves, have been in play since the early 1960s. But in the last few years they have found clarification and expression through the development of homotopy type theory. This represents a fascinating development in the philosophy of mathematics, where category-theoretic structural methods are combined with type theory to produce a foundation that accounts for the structural aspects of mathematical practice. We are now at a point where the notion of mathematical structure can be elucidated more clearly and its role in the foundations of mathematics can be explored more fruitfully.

The main objective of the conference is to reevaluate the different perspectives on mathematical structuralism in the foundations of mathematics and in mathematical practice. To do this, the conference will explore the following research questions: Does mathematical structuralism offer a philosophically viable foundation for modern mathematics? What role do key notions such as structural abstraction, invariance, dependence, or structural identity play in the different theories of structuralism? To what degree does mathematical structuralism as a philosophical position describe actual mathematical practice? Does category theory or homotopy type theory provide a fully structural account for mathematics?

Confirmed Speakers

  • Prof. Steve Awodey (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Dr. Jessica Carter (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Prof. Gerhard Heinzmann (Université de Lorraine)
  • Prof. Geoffrey Hellman (University of Minnesota)
  • Prof. James Ladyman (University of Bristol)
  • Prof. Elaine Landry (UC Davis)
  • Prof. Hannes Leitgeb (LMU Munich)
  • Dr. Mary Leng (University of York)
  • Prof. Øystein Linnebo (University of Oslo)
  • Prof. Erich Reck (UC Riverside)

Call for Abstracts

We invite the submission of abstracts on topics related to mathematical structuralism for presentation at the conference. Abstracts should include a title, a brief abstract (up to 100 words), and a full abstract (up to 1000 words), blinded for peer review. Authors should send their abstracts (in pdf format), together with their name, institutional affiliation and current position to mathematicalstructuralism2016@lrz.uni-muenchen.de. We will select up to five submissions for presentation at the conference. The conference language is English.

Dates and Deadlines

Submission deadline: 30 June, 2016
Notification of acceptance: 31 July, 2016
Registration deadline: 1 October, 2016
Conference: 12 – 14 October, 2016

For further details on the conference, please visit: http://www.mathematicalstructuralism2016.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/


CfP: The Emergence of Structuralism and Formalism

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Emergence of Structuralism and Formalism, June 24- 26, 2016
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
http://www.ktf.cuni.cz/KTF-1347.html

organized by Catholic Theological Faculty, Charles University and Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, v.v.i.

Keynote Speakers:

S. Shapiro
M. Detlefsen
M. Resnik
L. Horsten

The focal question of the workshop is how the nature of mathematics is regarded by representatives of formalism and structuralism. The conference language is English. To submit a proposal, please send a proposal of your paper to conference@ktf.cuni.cz

Proposals for papers should be prepared for anonymous review. Proposals should include title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words).

If you have inquiries about the conference or about the submission process, please write to   conference@ktf.cuni.cz

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 30. 2016
Notification of acceptance on May 10. 2016.

The scheduled length of lectures is 30 minutes including approx. 10 minutes for discussion. Selected contributions will be published.