The Emergence of Structuralism and Formalism, June 24- 26, 2016
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
organized by Catholic Theological Faculty, Charles University and Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, v.v.i.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
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 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/
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- See if there is agreement on which examples are deep and not deep.
- See if there are commonalities in the kinds of features cited in defense of depth and non-depth assessments in the various examples.
- Ask whether depth is or isn’t the same as fruitfulness, surprisingness, importance, elegance, difficulty, fundamentalness, explanatoriness, etc.
- 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.)
Crispin Wright (N.I.P. Aberdeen, NYU)
For any questions, please contact Marcus Rossberg: email@example.com
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
For more information, please contact Bennett McNulty, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
- 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).
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?
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.
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).