FOM: Conference/Call for papers

Bernd Buldt Bernd.Buldt at
Thu Mar 16 08:13:47 EST 2000

International workshop
"Philosophy of Mathematics: 100 years of Hilbert's `problem speech'"
(as part of the GAP-Conference "Perspectives in Analytical Philosophy 4")
Germany, University of Bielefeld, 28-29 September 2000
Deadline: June 1st, 2000
A hundred years ago -- more precisely on August the 8th in 1900, two
days later then originally planned -- David Hilbert addressed in
Paris the 2nd International Congress of Mathematicians with his
famous `problem speech.' In the general introductory remarks of this
lecture, Hilbert for the first time made public his views about
mathematics: how it evolves historically, how it proceeds
systematically and what its characteristic features as a human
enterprise are. Most of what he stated there reemerged later within
his own foundational work which became known as "Hilbert's program"
and which has heavily influenced 20th century work in the foundations
and the philosophy of mathematics.

The GAP-Workshop "Philosophy of Mathematics", organized by members of 
the "DFG-Forschergruppe `Logik in der Philosophie'/Research Group 
`Logic in Philosophy'" will proceed along two lines. Commemorating 
the centenary of Hilbert's famous `problem speech' one section will 
present talks which tackle foundational and philosophical themes of 
Hilbert's lecture from various viewpoints, both historical as well as 
systematic in nature. A second section
will be open to any current issue in the philosophy of mathematics.
Both sections will feature invited and contributed talks, 45min and
10min discussion each. Conference languages are German and English.

For more information concerning the GAP, the "German Society
for Analytical Philosophy" see:
and concerning the "DFG-Research Group" see either:
<> or
for updates concerning the workshop see:

Deadline for submission of either an extended abstract or a
paper is June 1st., 2000. Notifications will be sent by July 1st.,
2000. Send abstracts/papers and communicate any further question you
may have to Bernd Buldt at <bernd.buldt at> or
<Fachbereich Philosophie, Universitaet Konstanz, D-78457 Konstanz, Germany>.

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