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.


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)

http://ercpqg-espace.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en

 

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 ercpqg-espace@sciencesconf.org<mailto:ercpqg-espace@sciencesconf.org>.

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: http://institucional.us.es/apmp/

 

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, jessica@imada.sdu.dk 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.


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.
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/

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.


French Phil Math Workshop 5

Cinquième rencontre française de philosophie des mathématiques (FPMW5)

Il s’agit de la cinquième édition d’une série de rencontres sur la philosophie des mathématiques organisées par un groupe de chercheurs français et étrangers. Le colloque, qui dure trois jours, inclut à la fois des conférences invitées et des conférences issues d’un appel à contribution.

Fifth French Philosophy of Mathematics Workshop (FPMW5)

This is the fifth in an annual series of workshops on the philosophy of mathematics organized by a team of scholars in France and elsewhere. The three-day meeting will feature both invited and contributed talks.

Localisation (Place) : Clermont, MSH, salle 220

Programme: https://phier.univ-bpclermont.fr/article76.html


FotFS VIII: History and Philosophy of Infinity

The eighth conference on the Foundations of the Formal Sciences will take place 20-23 September 2013 at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England.

Proposals for Contributed presentations are being solicited.

Submission deadline: 31 May 2013.
Notification: 20 June 2013.
Accommodation booking deadline: 15 July 2013.
Registration deadline: 31 August 2013.
Conference: 20-23 September 2013.

Please use the submission website: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fotfs8

Keynote Speakers:

  • Haim Gaifman (Columbia University, U.S.A.);
  • Catherine Goldstein (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu, France),;
  • Christian Greiffenhagen (University of Nottingham, England);
  • Luca Incurvati (University of Cambridge, England);
  • Matthew Inglis (Loughborough University, England);
  • Charles Parsons (Harvard University, U.S.A.);
  • Michael Potter (University of Cambridge, England);
  • Christian Tapp (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany),
  • Pessia Tsamir (Tel Aviv University, Israel);
  • Dina Tirosh (Tel Aviv University, Israel);
  • Jean Paul Van Bendeghem (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium).

Conference Theme:

The concept of infinity has fascinated philosophers and mathematicians for many centuries: e.g., the distinction between the potential and actual infinite appears in Aristotle’s Physics (in his treatment  of the paradoxes of Zeno) and the notion was implied in the attempts to sharpen the method of approximation (starting as early as Archimedes and running through the middle ages and  into the nineteenth century). Modern mathematics opened the doors to the wealth of the realm of the infinities by means of the set-theoretic foundations of mathematics.

Any philosophical interaction with concepts of infinite must have at least two aspects: first, an inclusive examination of the various branches and applications, across the various periods; but second, it must proceed in the critical light of mathematical results, including results from meta-mathematics.

The conference History & Philosophy of Infinity will emphasize philosophical, empirical and historical approaches. In the following, we give brief descriptions of these approaches with a number of questions that we consider relevant for the conference:

In the philosophical approach, we shall link questions about the concept of infinity to other parts of the philosophical discourse, such as ontology and epistemology and other important aspects of philosophy of mathematics. Which types of infinity exist? What does it mean to make such a statement? How do we reason about infinite entities? How do the mathematical developments shed light  on the philosophical issues and how do the philosophical issues influence the mathematical developments?

Various empirical sciences deal with the way we as finite human beings access mathematical objects or concepts. Research from mathematics education, sociology of mathematics and cognitive science is highly relevant here. How do we represent infinite objects by finite means? How are infinite objects represented in the human mind? How much is our interaction with infinite concepts formed by  the research community? How do we teach the manipulation of infinite objects or processes?

Infinity was an important concept in philosophy and theology from the ancient Greeks through the middle ages into the modern period. How did the concepts of infinity evolve? How did questions get  sharpened and certain aspects got distinguished in the philosophical debate? Did important aspects get lost along the way?

Submissions:

The Scientific Committee of FotFS VIII is cordially inviting all researchers to submit proposals for presentations covering either historical or philosophical aspects of infinity, or dealing with empirical  investigations of infinity in relation to the historical and philosophical aspects. The submission deadline is 31 May 2013.

Please submit the proposals for presentations via our EasyChair submission site at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fotfs8.
A proposal should consist of a descriptive title and an abstract of 200 to 500 words. Do not submit a full paper and mark the “abstract only” checkbox of EasyChair for submission. Please make sure in  your abstract how your presentation will relate to the theme of the conference.

After the conference (as is the tradition for conferences in the series Foundations of the Formal Sciences), we will publish a post-proceedings volume in the book series Studies in Logic (College Publications, London). All authors of papers presented at FotFS VIII will be encouraged to submit a full version of their presentation. All submissions will be refereed according to the standards of high-quality journals of the field. The deadline for submission of these papers will be in December 2013.

Scientific Committee:

Brendan Larvor (Hatfield, U.K.), Benedikt Löwe (chair; Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Hamburg, Germany), Peter Koellner (Cambridge MA, U.S.A.), Dirk Schlimm (Montreal, Canada).

FotFS VIII is sponsored by the ESF network INFTY: New frontiers of infinity and the Division for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science of the International Union for History and Philosophy  of Science (DLMPS/IUHPS).