Call for Applications: HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!” Aug 22-26, 2022, in Düsseldorf, Germany

Deborah Kant d.kant at
Sun May 1 03:46:47 EDT 2022


*Call for Applications: *


HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!”

Aug 22-26, 2022, in Düsseldorf, Germany

Application deadline: 1st June, 2022 (you will get notified a few days

Programme and Application:

The HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!”
aims at gathering young scholars with an interest into the philosophy of
mathematics who want to explore new and innovative methodologies.
Current trends show that philosophers of mathematics see the potential
in applying various methods from other disciplines such as large corpus
analyses, interview studies, or psychological experiments. We offer a
platform to educate the upcoming generation in those methods. It should
be noted that those methods are in principle valuable for other fields
of philosophy as well.

An already established strand in the philosophy of mathematics
integrates social aspects of mathematics into philosophical thoughts,
because traditional philosophical approaches focusing exclusively on the
nature of mathematics by excluding all human aspects were often enough
criticized as being too idealized and far from reality. Prominently,
Lakatos, Davis and Hersh, and Mancosu set the stage for an engaged
investigation of mathematical practice beyond the armchair. But still
today, the methodology for investigating mathematical practices as well
as the philosophical scope of questions addressing social and practical
aspects are not fixed and a lot of scholars try to settle these issues.
This is the contemporary research background in which we see an
excellent opportunity to integrate young scholars into the field.

During five days, the schedule will be split into a morning and
afternoon session in which internationally highly reputed lecturers
offer courses presenting their methods of expertise. The students will
have the possibility to apply the methods and study the practical
details. In some evening lectures, we will reflect on the limits and
potential of empirical methods for the philosophy of mathematics
together with prominent philosophers of mathematics. Further, a social
get-together and an afternoon excursion is planned to guarantee exchange
between the participants.

The courses comprise the following topics:


    experimental philosophy


    ethnographic approaches


    historical case studies


    small-data approaches


    big-data approaches.

Our list of instructors and lecturers includes:


    Bernhard Fisseni (Duisburg-Essen)


    Karen François (CLPS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)


    Benedikt Löwe (Hamburg, Amsterdam & Cambridge)


    Ursula Martin (Edinburgh & Oxford)


    Mikkel Willum Johansen (Copenhagen)


    Helena Mihaljević (HTW Berlin)


    Bernhard Schröder (Duisburg-Essen)


    Henrik Kragh Sørensen (Copenhagen)


    Roy Wagner (ETH Zurich) (TBC)


    Pascale Willemsen (University of Zurich)

Covid-19: This event is planned as an in-person event to support
learning and social interaction between the participants. However, if
any measures are required in summer, the event might turn into a hybrid

Application: We welcome applications from external students (MA and PhD
students). Apply with a short letter of motivation (200-400 words) and
your CV using the form on our website:

There is no participation fee. However, participants will need to cover
their travel and accommodation expenses. We especially encourage members
of underrepresented groups to apply.

If you do not want to use the form, or if you have any questions, please
contact Deborah Kant (deborah.kant at
<mailto:deborah.kant at>).

Organisation:The summer school is organised by Paul Hasselkuß
(Düsseldorf), Deborah Kant (Hamburg), and Deniz Sarikaya (Vrije
Universiteit Brussel).

It is hosted and supported by Heinrich Heine University, and supported
by the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science of the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the German Society for Analytic Philosophy,
the German Society for Philosophy of Science, and by Christoph Kann

We are looking forward to your applications!

Paul Hasselkuß, Deborah Kant, and Deniz Sarikaya

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