Saturday, February 7, 2009

Practice-based Phil of Logic and Math

WORKSHOP: Practice-based Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics
ILLC -- Amsterdam, August 31st to September 2nd 2009

Traditionally, the philosophy of logic pays little attention to the actual practices of logicians. This is somewhat surprising, as the works of several influential authors have shown the relevancy of attending to actual scientific practices within the philosophy of the empirical sciences as well as the philosophy of mathematics. But there is no hint of a similar 'practical' turn in the philosophy of logic.

The workshop is intended to enable philosophers, logicians and mathematicians to discuss the fruitfulness and viability of a practice-based approach to logic. Within the philosophy of mathematics this approach already has a certain standing, so practice-based philosophy of mathematics can serve as a starting point for the development of a practice-based philosophy of logic. We hope to offer a novel vantage point into what is after all an essentially human and social activity, the practice of logic. What do logicians do? How do they conduct their researches, individually and within the scientific community? How do they communicate with each other? Answers to these questions may offer new insights into the most fundamental issues that the philosophy of logic must address.

Confirmed speakers:

Juliet Floyd (Philosophy – Boston University)
Rohit Parikh (Philosophy and Computer Science – City University of New York)
Stephen Read (Philosophy – St. Andrews)
Benedikt Löwe (ILLC – University of Amsterdam)
Martin Stokhof (Philosophy and ILLC – University of Amsterdam)
Wilfrid Hodges (Mathematics – University of London)
Samson Abramsky (Computer Science – Oxford University)
Jean Paul van Bendegem (Philosophy – Free University Brussels)
Thomas Müller (Philosophy – Utrecht University)
Göran Sundholm (Philosophy – Leiden University)
Mathieu Marion (Philosophy – University of Quebec - Montreal)
Johan van Benthem (ILLC – University of Amsterdam)
Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Philosophy and ILLC – University of Amsterdam)

Call for papers:

Although the workshop will feature primarily invited speakers, there will be about four slots for contributed papers. We are looking for papers presenting a discussion of a particular issue in the philosophy of logic from the viewpoint of the actual practices of logicians, in particular how attention to such practices sheds new light on the issue in question. Papers on practice-based philosophy of mathematics are also welcome, provided that they clearly indicate how the insights presented in the paper can contribute to the development of a practice-based philosophy of logic.

Please send a two-page abstract to C.Dutilhnovaes [youknowwhat]


First call for papers: 20 October 2008
Second call for papers: 16 December 2008
Final call for papers: 4 February 2009
*Submission deadline: 1 March 2009*
Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2009
Workshop: 31 August to 2 September 2009

Scientific committee: Catarina Dutilh Novaes, Martin Stokhof, Benedikt Löwe

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