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!

Case Studies in Mathematical Practice

The primary goal of this workshop is to shed light on mathematical thought and understanding by developing a rich collection of case studies drawn from the historical and current practice of mathematicians. A secondary goal is to examine the methodology of case studies with an eye towards determining which questions in the philosophy of mathematics are amenable to solution by case study methods, and which questions are not. One recurring theme of the workshop concerns the ways in which the development of new conceptual and representational resources can contribute to an increase in the intelligibility of a mathematical domain.
Workshop Leader: Kenneth Manders, University of Pittsburgh
Location: Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France
Dates: June 29, 2015 – July 4, 2015

Confirmed Participants:

  • Andrew Arana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Karine Chemla, Université Paris Diderot
  • Jessica Carter, University of Southern Denmark
  • Jeremy Heis, University of California, Irvine
  • Douglas Marshall, Carleton College
  • Marco Panza, Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne

For information on funding available for graduate students and recent PhDs to attend the workshop, as well as further scheduling and logistical information, please visit the workshop website at
While this event is open to the public, all who attend the workshop must register for the
workshop by sending an e-mail to csmpparis “at” We ask that everyone who
plans to attend register by no later than Friday, June 19, 2015.

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.

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.

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.
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.