PhilMath Position at Pitzer

Position in the history and philosophy of mathematics. Professor Judith Grabiner will be retiring in 2016. Pitzer College is now looking to hire her replacement. The deadline for application is November 7, 2014. A description of the position and application information is available as a PDF document.
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Grigori Mints (1939-2014)

The PMA has received word of the death of Grigori (Grisha) Mints on May 29th. Lanier Anderson has posted a memorial tribute to the Stanford Philosophy Website.


FilMat Conference in Milan

Philosophy of mathematics: objectivity, cognition, and proof.
First international conference of the Italian Network for the
Philosophy of Mathematics – FilMat.
http://filmat-network.com
29-31 May 2014
San Raffaele University, Milan
www.unisr.it/filosofia/filmat
SUPPORTED BY:
PRIN 2010-11 national project Realism and Objectivity (Unit coordinator: Claudia Bianchi, San Raffaele University)
PhD Program in Cognitive Neurosciences and Philosophy of Mind (San Raffaele University  NeTS at IUSS Pavia)
PhD Program in Philosophy and Sciences of the Mind (San Raffaele University)
Seminario di Logica Permanente – SELP
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF: AILA, SIFA, SILFS
IN COLLABORATION WITH: COGITO, CRESA
INVITED SPEAKERS:
Aldo Antonelli (University of California Davis)
Leon Horsten (University of Bristol)
Mario Piazza (University of Chieti-Pescara)
INVITED EARLY CAREER SPEAKER:
Francesca Poggiolesi (CNRS, CEPERC, University of Aix-Marseille)
CONTRIBUTED SPEAKERS:
Neil Barton (Birkbeck College); Robert Black (University of Nottingham); Massimiliano Carrara, Enrico Martino  & Matteo Plebani (University of Padua – University of Basilicata); Brice Halimi (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La De?fense); Marina Imocrante (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University); Robert Knowles (University of Manchester); Carlo Nicolai (University of Oxford); Gianluigi Oliveri (University of Palermo); Michele Palmira (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia); Markus Pantsar (University of Helsinki, LMU Munich); Samantha Pollock (University of Bristol); Davide Rizza (University of East Anglia); Mario Santos-Sousa (University College London); Georg Schiemer  & Johannes Korbmacher (University of Vienna – MCMP, Munich); Claudio Ternullo & Sy-David Friedman (Kurt Gödel Research Center, Vienna); Giorgio Venturi (CLE, University of Campinas); Andi Yu (University of Oxford)
For the final program of the conference, please visit the related conference webpage: http://filmat-network.com/activities/filmat2014/program.
For directions to San Raffaele University, please check the webpage: http://filmat-network.com/activities/filmat2014/practicalities, where you can also find a list of accommodations in Milan covering a wide varieties of budgets.
REGISTRATION:
Attendance is free. For organizational reasons, registration by email before the 20th of May is recommended. Participation can be confirmed by
writing to info at http://filmat-network.com (subject: Registration to FilMat).
CONTACTS:
please, feel free to contact us concerning any queries: Email: info at filmat-network.com
Web: www.filmat-network.com/FilMat2014www.unisr.it/filosofia/filmat
A WEEK OF PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS IN MILAN
Here is a list of events in philosophy of mathematics taking place in Milan during the FilMat week:
27th of May:  workshop on Frege’s Real Numbers: invited speakers:
Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University) and Marco Panza(IHPST-CNRS – Paris); Discussants: Alessandro Giordani (Unversità Cattolica del
Sacro Cuore), Matteo Plebani (Università della Basilicata) – co-organised by the Catholic University and San Raffaele University – Venue: Catholic University of Milan
http://filmat-network.com/activities/fregereals
28th of May: Luca Incurvati (University of Amsterdam): “The iterative conception: what is it and what is it for?” – Venue: San Raffaele
University, 11.00-13.00: http://www.unisr.it/view.asp?id=6654
29th of May:Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University):”Pluralism and relativism for logic” – Venue: San Raffaele University, 10.30-12.30
http://www.unisr.it/news/filMente_Linguaggio_e_Scienza
29th-31st of May:FilMat 2014 conference (registration opens at 2.00 p.m. on the 29th). http://filmat-network.com
Very best wishes,
FilMat 2014 Scientific Committee
Francesca Boccuni (San Raffaele), Paola Cantù (Université
d’Aix-Marseille), Valeria Giardino (Archives Henri-Poincaré, CNRS
Université de Lorraine), Enrico Moriconi (University of Pisa), Marco
Panza (IHPST, CNRS Paris 1), Chris Pincock (Ohio State University), Luca
San Mauro (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Andrea Sereni (San Raffaele).
The Promoting Committee of FilMat
Francesca Boccuni, Gabriele Lolli, Marco Panza, Matteo Plebani, Luca
San Mauro, Andrea Sereni, Giorgio Venturi.
FilMat 2014 Organizing Comittee
Francesca Boccuni, Marina Imocrante, Andrea Sereni.

Workshop on Mathematical Depth

 

The Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, is pleased to announce a workshop on mathematical depth, to be held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2014. The workshop brings together mathematicians and historians and philosophers of mathematics to try to get a preliminary sense of whether or not the notion of ‘mathematical depth’ can play a useful role in our understanding of the nature and practice of mathematics. Speakers have been encouraged to present an example or examples of concepts, theorems, subject areas that they think qualify as deep, or as not deep, and to lay out the particular mathematical features of those examples that lead them to make those judgments. The discussion will be aimed to do several things:
  1.  See if there is agreement on which examples are deep and not deep.
  2. See if there are commonalities in the kinds of features cited in defense of depth and non-depth assessments in the various examples.
  3. Ask whether depth is or isn’t the same as fruitfulness, surprisingness, importance, elegance, difficulty, fundamentalness, explanatoriness, etc.
  4. Ask whether depth seems likely to be an objective feature or something essentially tied to our interests, abilities, and so on. (Even natural science is tied to our interests and abilities, in that we might be drawn to certain areas of inquiry by our interests, hampered or helped by certain of our abilities, etc. The question is whether depth is tied to our interests and abilities in some more fundamental way.)
One possible outcome would be: this is a non-starter. Another would be: this is worthy of further study.
Schedule
Friday, April 11th, 2014
10:00AM – 10:45AM: Breakfast
10:45AM – 11:45PM: James Tappenden
11:45AM – 12:00PM: Coffee Break
12:00PM – 1:00PM: John Stillwell
1:00PM – 1:30PM: General Discussion
1:30PM – 2:45PM: Lunch
2:45PM – 3:45PM: Robert Geroch
3:45PM – 4:00PM: Coffee Break
4:00PM – 5:00PM: Jeremy Gray
5:00PM – 6:00PM: General Discussion
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
10:00AM – 10:45AM: Breakfast
10:45AM – 11:45PM: Andrew Arana
11:45AM – 12:00PM: Coffee Break
12:00PM – 1:00PM: Mario Bonk
1:00PM – 1:30PM: General Discussion
1:30PM – 2:45PM: Lunch
2:45PM – 3:45PM: Alasdair Urquhart
3:45PM – 4:00PM: Coffee Break
4:00PM – 5:00PM: Marc Lange
5:00PM – 6:00PM: General Discussion
Location: Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, 1517 on the University of California, Irvine Campus.
Organizers: Jeremy Heis, Penelope Maddy, Sean Walsh, and Jim Weatherall
Webpagehttp://www.lps.uci.edu/node/16463
If you plan to attend or desire more information, please contact mmcnulty@uci.edu.

 


CfP and Conference Announcement: Abstractionism / Neologicism

The UConn Logic Group is proud to announce the first of its annual workshops. The workshops are organized around a researcher whose work has had a significant and lasting influence on a field of logic, broadly construed. The remaining talks, invited and selected, will be given by critics as well as contributors to the field who were influenced by the keynote speaker’s work.
April 26-27, 2014, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Abstractionism / Neologicism
The first workshop in the series will focus on Abstractionism / Neologicism. Abstractionism pursues Frege’s goal of finding a logical foundation for arithmetic by replacing his famously inconsistent Basic Law V with different resources: so-called abstraction principles, understood as implicit definitions. Since the 1983 publication of Crispin Wright’s Frege’s Conception of Numbers as Objects, there has been a wave of literature developing and criticizing this program that still has not subsided. The 2014 UConn Logic Workshop will pursue current work on this project.
Confirmed Speakers:
Keynote:

Crispin Wright (N.I.P. Aberdeen, NYU)

Invited Speakers:
Francesca Boccuni (Milan)  [to be confirmed]
Roy T. Cook (Minnesota)
Richard Heck (Brown)
Øystein Linnebo (Oslo, N.I.P. Aberdeen)
Friederike Moltmann (IHPST Paris, NYU)
Sean Walsh (UC Irvine)
In addition, there will be a limited number of contributed talks, with at least one slot reserved for a graduate student presentation. The winner of the graduate student competition will receive free accommodation and a travel subsidy.
If you would like to contribute a talk, please send your paper to marcus.rossberg@uconn.edu.
Please note in your email if you would like to be considered for the graduate student competition.
Talks should not exceed 45 minutes, leaving 30 minutes for discussion.
Deadline for submissions:  February 16th, 2014
Submissions will be selected by the end of February.
Registration for the event will open soon on our website: http://logic.uconn.edu/workshop.php

For any questions, please contact Marcus Rossberg: marcus.rossberg@uconn.edu

The UConn Logic Group (University of Connecticut Group in Philosophical and Mathematical Logic) was founded in 2008. It is an interdisciplinary research group with faculty and graduate student members from philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, psychology, and law. To find out more, please visit out website: http://logic.uconn.edu/

CfP: Modern Logic 1850-1950, East and West

Submissions are open  for a special volume in Springer’s series Studies in Universal Logic, on the topic:

Modern Logic 1850-1950, East and West.

This volume honors Irving Anellis (1946-2013), founder of the journal Modern Logic (subsequently The Review of Modern Logic) whose more than 140 articles, books, and edited works span the entire history of modern logic.

Topics for the special issue include but are not limited to:

  1.  Mathematical logic: proof theory and meta-mathematics, applications of logic to mathematical structures.
  2. Work of Bertrand Russell in set theory and logic, and of Charles Sanders Peirce in algebra and algebraic logic.
  3. History of proof theory, especially in respect to the Loewenheim-Skolem Theorem and Herbrand’s fundamental theorem; logic trees; natural deduction.
  4. History of logic and mathematics in the Soviet Union and Russia.

Extended versions of work previously published in conference proceedings can be submitted but authors should make it clear how their submission improves upon the conference publication.

Papers should be submitted by email as a .pdf attachment to both guest editors:

Francine F. Abeles: fabeles@kean.edu
Mark E. Fuller: mark.fuller@uwc.edu

The deadline for submission is: 31 May 2014.


Mathematical Depth Workshop

The Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, will host a workshop on mathematical depth, examining and discussing examples of mathematics typically judged to be deep (or not deep) in hope of clarifying what’s at issue in these judgments.

Speakers: Andrew Arana, Mario Bonk, Robert Geroch, Jeremy Gray, Marc Lange, John Stillwell, Jamie Tappenden, and Alasdair Urquhart
Dates: April 11th and 12th, 2014
Location: Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway Building, 1517, on the UC Irvine Campus
Organizers: Jeremy Heis, Penelope Maddy, Bennett McNulty, Sean Walsh, Jim Weatherall
Webpage: http://www.lps.uci.edu/node/16463

For more information, please contact Bennett McNulty, mmcnulty@uci.edu.