31st Novembertagung 2020
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31st Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics
“AXIOMATICS: ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES”
November 26th–28th 2020Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
The Novembertagungis an international graduate conference on the history
and philosophy of mathematics and neighbouring fields. It aims to
provide an opportunity for graduate students at all levels to present
and discuss their research in an informal and safe environment. It also
allows young researchers to share experiences, get advice and establish
On the theme: While Euclid (c. 3rd century BC) is usually celebrated as
the beginning of axiomatic science, many features that are nowadays
taken to be essential to axiomatics––such as the explicit statement of
inference rules and the requirement of primitive, undefined
notions––appear to be alien to ancient mathematics. A major contemporary
change in the view on axiomatics was initiated by the adoption of the
set-theoretic axiomatic framework as a foundation of mathematics in the
first half of the 20thcentury. Proof theory and model theory
subsequently developed as independent research fields and had a wide
impact on philosophical thought. On the other hand, some philosophers
also argue that the axiomatic view on mathematics may be harmful in that
it omits fundamental aspects of mathematical practice and idealizes
mathematical reasoning in an unfaithful way.
Suggested topics include, but are not restricted to the following:
Axiomatics in ancient Greek philosophy and mathematics
Criticism of ancient Greek mathematics from an axiomatic viewpoint
Historical case studies of the development of axiomatics after Greek
Axiomatics in contemporary mathematics
The use of axiomatic tools in disciplines besides mathematics
Axiomatics in actual mathematical practice
The scope and limits of axiomatization
Note that the theme of axiomatics is meant to be a guideline and will
not serve as an exclusionary factor for the selection of submissions.
Deadline for submission:1st July, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted
using our form: https://wp.me/P3q6kn-b5(in English, around 250-350
words, prepared for blind review). Notifications will be sent out in
August. Submissions by graduate student members of an underrepresented
group in History of Mathematics or Philosophy of Mathematics are
Bursaries:For those who are unable to obtain funding for travel and
accommodation from their home institutions, every effort will be made to
cover travel and accommodation costs at least in part, if not fully.
Please indicate in your application whether you intend to apply for such
a grant. There is no conference registration fee.
Organization:Paul Hasselkuß (Universität Düsseldorf), Tiago Hirth
(ULisboa), Deborah Kant (Universität Konstanz), Deniz Sarikaya
(Universität Hamburg), Tobias Schütz (Universität Mainz), Anna Kiel
Steensen (ETH Zurich), and Benjamin Wilck (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).
This event is hosted by the Research Training GroupPhilosophy, Science
and the Sciencesof Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and generously
supported by the Chair for Logic and Philosophy of Language of the
Department of Philosophy of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Contact:For any query, do not hesitate to send us an e-mail at
novembertagung2020 at gmail.com <mailto:novembertagung2020 at gmail.com>.
Further info can be found here: https://novembertagung.wordpress.com
On Covid-19:We are monitoring the pandemic which might make it necessary
to postpone the event or to opt for alternatives.***
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