CfP: The Emergence of Structuralism and Formalism


The Emergence of Structuralism and Formalism, June 24- 26, 2016

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

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

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.

Workshop: New Spaces for Mathematics and Physics

The following workshop will take place in the context of the the ERC project Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity:

New Spaces for Mathematics and Physics: Formal and Philosophical Reflections

28 September – 2 October 2015,
Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris (France)


Speakers :

Mathieu Anel
Pierre Cartier
Denis-Charles Cisinski
Cecilia Flori
Patrick Iglesias-Zemmour
André Joyal
Mikhail Kapranov
Anders Kock
Maxim Kontsevich
Shahn Majid
Marco Mariño
Timothy Porter
Jean Pradines
Hanno Sahlmann
Urs Schreiber
Carlos Simpson
Michel Vaquié


Since the development of differential and algebraic varieties, the notion of space has traversed very radical transformations, both in pure mathematics and in mathematical physics. The objective of this project is to propose a formal, conceptual and historical vision of these evolutions by addressing recent notions of space in mathematics and/or physics (such as diffeologies, schemes, topoi, stacks, spin networks, homotopy types, noncommutative spaces, supermanifolds, etc.).

This conference is part of the wider project of editing a collective book on these subjects. The workshop is conceived as an opportunity to collectively discuss and enrich the different contributions to the book.

Participation is free, you can register by writing to<>.

Scientific Committee : Gabriel Catren et Mathieu Anel
Organisation : C. Cachot, J. Page et F. Zalamea

ERC project Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity,
Laboratoire SPHERE (Sciences, Philosophie et Histoire) – UMR 7219
CNRS – Université Paris Diderot

Third APMP Meeting

Third International Meeting of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice

Location: Institute Henri Poincaré in Paris, France

Dates: November 2-4, 2015

APMP website:


Invited speakers:

  • Abel Lassalle Casanave (Brasil),
  • Leo Corry (Israel),
  • Silvia De Toffoli (USA),
  • Jeremy Gray (UK),
  • Danielle Macbeth (USA)
  • Paolo Mancosu (USA).

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 Jessica Carter, before April 30, 2015. Notification will be sent out by June 15. Post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students are highly invited to send proposals.

The APMP aims to foster the philosophy of mathematical practice, that is, a broad outward-looking approach to understanding mathematics that engages with mathematics in practice –including issues in history of mathematics, the applications of mathematics, cognitive science, etc.

New PMA officers

The current officers and board members of the PMA will complete their terms effective June 30, 2015.
The Association recently conducted an election to choose replacements. The results of this election are as follows:


President: Colin McLarty
Vice President: Patricia Blanchette
Treasurer: Elaine Landry

Board members:

Pen Maddy, three year term.
Stewart Shapiro, three year term.
Øystein Linnebo, two year term.
Audrey Yap, two year term.
Richard Zach, one year term.

The newly elected officers and board members will assume their positions effective July 1, 2015.
 Congratulations to all!

Call for Nominations

In preparation for the PMA’s first general election, PMA members are asked to nominate candidates to stand for election for the following positions:
President  (current occupant: Mic Detlefsen)
Vice President (current occupant: Colin McLarty)
Treasurer (current occupant: Elaine Landry)
Five additional Board members (two for 3-year terms; two for 2-year terms; one for a 1-year term).
(Current Board members are: Patricia Blanchette, Dan Isaacson, Sol Feferman, Jessica Carter, Mathieu Marion, Erich Reck, Greg Restall.)
Only members of the PMA should be nominated.
Please send nominations to Patricia Blanchette ( by October 15.
Thanks very much.
– Patricia Blanchette for the Nominating Committee
(Nominating Committee: Patricia Blanchette, Colin McLarty, Dirk Schlimm, Elaine Landry, Stewart Shapiro, Richard Zach, Robert Thomas)

Joint PMA/PSA session

The Philosophy of Mathematics Association is pleased to announce a PMA/PSA Special Session at this year’s PSA meeting in Chicago, November 6-9th.

Since much of philosophy of science depends on, or at least is informed by, philosophy of mathematics, it is crucial that connections between these research areas be both highlighted and valued. Well-witnessing the varying perspectives and differing investigations of philosophers of mathematics, the topics of this session will include: the history and philosophy of scientific structuralism, mereologically interpreted geometry, and the formal nature of reasoning.

The title of the session is: Perspectives in the Philosophy of Mathematics

Speakers and titles are:

  • Audrey Yap: Noether’s Mathematical Structuralism;
  • Geoffrey Hellman: Mereological Geometry;
  • W.W. Tait: Towards the Unity of Mathematics: Classical and Constructive Reasoning.

FilMat Conference in Milan

Philosophy of mathematics: objectivity, cognition, and proof.
First international conference of the Italian Network for the
Philosophy of Mathematics – FilMat.
29-31 May 2014
San Raffaele University, Milan
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
Aldo Antonelli (University of California Davis)
Leon Horsten (University of Bristol)
Mario Piazza (University of Chieti-Pescara)
Francesca Poggiolesi (CNRS, CEPERC, University of Aix-Marseille)
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:
For directions to San Raffaele University, please check the webpage:, where you can also find a list of accommodations in Milan covering a wide varieties of budgets.
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 (subject: Registration to FilMat).
please, feel free to contact us concerning any queries: Email: info at
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
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:
29th of May:Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University):”Pluralism and relativism for logic” – Venue: San Raffaele University, 10.30-12.30
29th-31st of May:FilMat 2014 conference (registration opens at 2.00 p.m. on the 29th).
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.