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Phiandmat

Philosophy and Mathematics

Date: 5-6 October, 2018; start: 9:00
Venue: Wrocław Academic Hub, Rynek 13 (1st floor)

Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub in cooperation with the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists and the International Center for Formal Ontology has coorganised seminar on philosophy and mathematics. During the Seminar four Members of Academia Europaea gave a speech.

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What do philosophy and mathematics have in common?
The answer might not be obvious at first glance. After all, common knowledge states that mathematicians are experts in the exact sciences, while philosophers are skilled in the humanities. Mathematicians scoff at the arts, while philosophers brag about not knowing mathematics. But is this image of the two disciplines accurate? Not in the slightest! Many great mathematicians were philosophers and vice-versa, many of the most famous philosophers dabbled in the mathematical sciences. On the intersection of these two disciplines, there as always logic. Logicians use mathematical tools (such as set theory or model theory) to tackle philosophical problems. Other topics that bridge philosophy with mathematics include debates on the philosophical status of mathematical objects and ways of knowing the mathematics (topics from the philosophy of mathematics). All of these topics will be discussed during the seminar Philosophy and Mathematics which will take place in Wroclaw on the 5-6th October. The main organizers of the event are the Wrocław Academic Hub (Academia Europaea, The Academy of Young Scholars and Artists) and the International Center for Formal Ontology at the Warsaw University of Technology. Patrons of the event included the City of Wrocław and the popular philosophy magazine Filozofuj! The seminar took place at the Wrocław Academic Hub at Rynek 13 (first floor).

A less obvious intersection between the disciplines is mathematical philosophy, a field that has been present in Western tradition from at least Plato’s time, and continued through the era of Leibniz to Gödel and the modern age. Mathematical philosophy is also known under the names of formal philosophy or logical philosophy. It uses mathematics as a tool to model philosophical problems, similarly to how modern physics uses maths. Mathematics is crucial in advanced philosophical meditation. The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy is one of the most rapidly developing hubs of the discipline in the world. It is led by prof. Hannes Leitgeb, a member of Academia Europaea. Prof. Leitgeb will take part in the seminar both as a speaker as well as a panellist during the debate titled “Mathematics, Philosophy, and Mathematical Philosophy”. The seminar will also include other members of Academia Europea: prof. Jan Woleński (philosopher, logician) and prof. Marek Kuś (physicist, philosopher of physics). The seminar will be opened by prof. Tadeusz Luty (chemist). Other speakers include prof. Roman Murawski (mathematician, philosopher of mathematics), prof. Krzysztof Wójtowicz (philosopher of mathematics), dr Jakub Jernajczyk (artist, philosopher), dr Bartłomiej Skowron (philosopher) and prof. Ludomir Newelski (mathematician, logician).

The seminar was open to the public.