Perspectives
on Mathematical Practices
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International Conference on the Philosophy
of Mathematics
Thursday 24  Saturday 26 October, 2002
Brussels University (VUB), Belgium
Chair: Jean Paul Van Bendegem

Declaration of Intent

The twentiethcentury research
in philosophy of mathematics was mainly focused on foundational studies.
Either specific mathematical theories were proposed as ultimate foundations
(set theory, category theory, …), or mathematics was imbedded
in specific philosophical theories (naturalism, realism, neoplatonism,
structuralism, …). All these approaches were focused on the outcomes
or "products" of mathematical practice.
Since the seminal work of Imre Lakatos, Proofs and Refutations,
however, it became clear that to fully understand mathematics, must
also involve an understanding of the mathematical activity itself,
as a process.
What is it that mathematicians do when they do mathematics? This conference
is aimed at bringing together all kinds of contributions relevant
to this question. They include both discussions about the largescale
structure of mathematics (Are there revolutions in mathematics? Is
a Popperian, a Lakatosian or some other framework best suited? How
does the mathematical community fit into society?), and reflections
on the micropractice of mathematics (What exactly turns a piece of
text into a proof? What role do analogies and metaphors play in mathematical
practice? What role does mathematical beauty play?).
It has been the aim of the organizers to search for a balance between,
on the one hand, theoretical considerations on these issues, and,
on the other hand, case studies of specific mathematical problems.

Organizing Committee 
Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Gustaaf
C. Cornelis, Erik Weber, Erik Myin, Sonja Smets, Bart Van Kerkhove

Scientific Committee /
Invited Speakers 
Jill
Adler (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA)
Jody
Azzouni (Tufts University, Medford / Somerville, MA)
Paul Ernest
(School of Education, University of Exeter, UK)  did not participate
Eduard Glas (Technische
Universiteit Delft, NL)
Reuben Hersh (Prof. Emeritus,
The University of New Mexico)
Sal
Restivo (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY)
Robert
Thomas (University of Manitoba, CA; editor Philosophia
Mathematica)

Program 
Click here
for the final schedule (in pdfformat).
Click here to download a zipfile containing
the abstracts of all papers presented (in MSWord format).

Participants 
Click here
for a list of all participants with their email addresses (in MSExcell
format).

Proceedings

Part of the proceedings of this conference is now available as a double issue of the quarterly Logique
et Analyse (vol.45, nos.179180). Another part is due to appear in the autumn of 2006 in the series Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science edited by S. Rahman and J. Symons for the renowned academic publisher Springer.

Mailing Group

Plans to start a "Mathematical Practice"
mailing group, have been made concrete. We have opted for the ongoing virtual workshop format developed by VUB's Alex Riegler. To participate, go to http://www.vub.ac.be/CLWF/mathprac/ and register. Further instructions for convenient use can also be found at this page.

Followup Conference

The organizers of PMP2002 have decided to organize a followup event at the same location. The dates are Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 March 2007. There now is a PMP2007 website including more details on the invited speakers and a call for contributions, which ends at 15 November 2006.

Contact Address 
Perspectives on Mathematical
Practices (PMP2002)
c/o Centre for
Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF)
Brussels University (VUB)
Pleinlaan 2  Room 5B425
B1050 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: +3226292374
clwf@vub.ac.be 
