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Conference – 1st Announcement

“What Can Philosophy Do For Set Theory?”
The conference will take place in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Barcelona, 29-30-31 March 2023.

Confirmed Speakers:

G. Sargsyan (Gdansk)
M. Dzamonja (Paris)
M. Viale (Turin)
D. Blue (Harvard)
C. Antos (Konstanz)
P. Welch (Bristol)
P. Maddy (Irvine)
J. Almog (Turku)
K. Hauser (Berlin)
S. Roberts (Konstanz)
T. Meadows (Irvine)
L. Horsten (Konstanz)


J. Bagaria (Barcelona)
J. Kennedy (Helsinki)
C. Ternullo (Barcelona)
G. Venturi (Pisa)

The conference will be held in person in the Edifici Històric of the University of Barcelona in Plaça Universitat, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585.

Registration is free. All people interested in attending are kindly requested to send an email to the organisers at the following address: claudio.ternullo at

The conference programme and website will be announced shortly. Below is a brief description of the event:

In recent times, there’s been a significant increase of the interest in the philosophical aspects of set theory, reflected by a vast production addressing themes such as pluralism, realism, the nature (and justification) of the axioms, potentialism, set theory’s connections with science, and others. The correct relationship between philosophy and set theory has itself been the subject of intense debate, and there seems to be no broad consensus on how it should be articulated. One way of seeing the role that philosophical reflection plays in set theory is simply to view the research itself, on things like the inner model program, Ultimate-L, forcing axioms, and so on, as philosophy itself. Under this view, this is what the exploration of, e.g., set-theoretic truth is and should look like. Alternative to this form of set-theoretic naturalism is the view that broader philosophical perspectives, including metaphysical ones, not only play an important role in guiding the research programmes of the field but can also shed new light on set theory itself.  Of course, these two approaches do not, nor are meant to, exhaust all options. The purpose of this conference is to bring together both practising set-theorists and more philosophically oriented scholars and have them discuss the issue of what philosophy can (and should) do for set theory, as well as that of how set theory could make the most of a broad range of additional logical and philosophical tools.

Claudio Ternullo
Beatriu de Pinós Post-Doctoral Fellow
Universitat de Barcelona

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
P.O. Box 68 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
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