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!

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.