The focus of this conference is on different approaches to the foundations
of mathematics. The interaction between set-theoretic and category-theoretic
foundations has had significant philosophical impact, and represents a shift
in attitudes towards the philosophy of mathematics. This conference will
bring together leading scholars in these areas to showcase contemporary
philosophical research on different approaches to the foundations of
mathematics. To accomplish this, the conference has the following general
aims and objectives. First, to bring to a wider philosophical audience the
different approaches that one can take to the foundations of mathematics.
Second, to elucidate the pressing issues of meaning and truth that turn on
these different approaches. And third, to address philosophical questions
concerning the need for a foundation of mathematics, and whether or not
either of these approaches can provide the necessary foundation.
Date and Venue: 12-13 January 2015 - Senate House, University of London.
Confirmed Speakers: Sy David Friedman (Kurt Gödel Research Center, Vienna),
Victoria Gitman (CUNY), James Ladyman (Bristol), Toby Meadows (Aberdeen).
Call for Papers: We welcome submissions from scholars (in particular, young
scholars, i.e. early career researchers or post-graduate students) on any
area of the foundations of mathematics (broadly construed). Particularly
desired are submissions that address the role of and compare different
foundational approaches. Applicants should prepare an extended abstract
(maximum 1’500 words) for blind review, and send it to sotfom [at] gmail
[dot] com, with subject `SOTFOM II Submission'.
Submission Deadline: 15 October 2014
Notification of Acceptance: Early November 2014
Scientific Committee: Philip Welch (University of Bristol), Sy-David
Friedman (Kurt Gödel Research Center), Ian Rumfitt (University of
Birmigham), John Wigglesworth (London School of Economics), Claudio Ternullo
(Kurt Gödel Research Center), Neil Barton (Birkbeck College), Chris Scambler
(Birkbeck College), Jonathan Payne (Institute of Philosophy), Andrea Sereni
(Università Vita-Salute S. Raffaele), Giorgio Venturi (Université de Paris
VII, “Denis Diderot” - Scuola Normale Superiore)
Organisers: Sy-David Friedman (Kurt Gödel Research Center), John
Wigglesworth (London School of Economics), Claudio Ternullo (Kurt Gödel
Research Center), Neil Barton (Birkbeck College), Carolin Antos-Kuby (Kurt
Gödel Research Center)
Conference Website: sotfom [dot] wordpress [dot] com
Further Inquiries: please contact
Carolin Antos-Kuby (carolin [dot] antos-kuby [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at)
Neil Barton (bartonna [at] gmail [dot] com)
Claudio Ternullo (ternulc7 [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at)
John Wigglesworth (jmwigglesworth [at] gmail [dot] com)
The conference is generously supported by the Mind Association, the Institute of Philosophy, and Birkbeck College.