Universiteit van Amsterdam


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

26 - 28 November 2020, 31st Novembertagung: Axiomatics: Ancient and Contemporary Perspectives, Berlin, Germany

Date: 26 - 28 November 2020
Location: Berlin, Germany
Deadline: Wednesday 1 July 2020

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 new contacts.

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 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.

Abstracts should be in English, around 250-350 words, prepared for blind review, and submitted using the submission form on the website. 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 particularly encouraged.

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.