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.

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.

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.
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
If you plan to attend or desire more information, please contact


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:

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
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:

For any questions, please contact Marcus Rossberg:

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: