Monday, June 28, 2010

PhDs in Logic III

February 17-18th, 2011


PhDs in Logic is an annual two-day graduate conference and winter school in logic. Each year we invite four established professors to do a tutorial on their work in two one-hour sessions. We also give about ten PhD students the opportunity to do a thirty-minute presentation on (a) their own work or (b) an overview of some topic in their field. 

Come February 17-18th, 2011 the following tutorials will take place in Brussels. 

Eric Pacuit: Epistemic Logic
Sonja Smets: Quantum Logic
Mai Gehrke: Algebraic Logic
Peter Koepke: Set Theory 

PhD students in logic with a background in philosophy, computer science, or mathematics are the intended audience for these tutorials. They are also the type of students we have in mind for our thirty-minute student sessions. Students interested in doing a talk should send a 500-1000 word abstract to by November 15th, 2010. If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to give us a six to ten page paper by January 15th, 2011. We welcome students to participate in PhDs in Logic III regardless of whether they want to do a presentation. We also invite master students in logic, first year postdocs, and logicians from disciplines other than philosophy, computer science, and mathematics to apply. There is a 30 euros registration fee. 

For more information, visit our website at 

Organizing Committee: Jonas De Vuyst, Lorenz Demey, Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Marc Denecker.  Scientific Committee: Benedikt Loewe, Leon Horsten, Marc Denecker, Jean Paul Van Bendegem.  Sponsors: Formal Epistemology Project (FEP), Centrum voor Logica en Wetenschapsfilosofie (CLWF), VUB Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Philosophical Perspectives on Mathematical Practice

I’m very happy to report that Philosophical Perspectives on Mathematical Practice—a book edited by Bart Van Kerkhove, Jean Paul Van Bendegem, and me—is now available to order.

Here’s the description from the backcover:
It has been observed many times before that, as yet, there are no encompassing, integrated theories of mathematical practice available. To witness, as we currently do, a variety of schools in this field elaborating their philosophical frameworks, and trying to sort out their differences in the course of doing so, is also to be constantly reminded of the fact that a lot of epistemic aspects, extremely relevant to this task, remain dramatically underexamined. This volume wants to contribute to the stock of studies filling this perceived lacuna. It contains papers by established, upcoming, as well as beginning scholars, covering general, metaphilosophical themes such as naturalism, semiotics, pragmaticism, or empiricism, next to more specific topics including the unity of mathematical theories, thruth-flow in mathematics, diagrammatic reasoning, erroneous argumentation, or numerical analysis.