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Editorship of *Philosophy* (from John Haldane)

To Members of the Scots Philosophical Association: Editorship of Philosophy.

You may already be aware of the fact that in anticipation of the retirement of the current Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and Editor of the journal Philosophy, Professor Anthony O’Hear, the Institute seeks to make distinct appointments, to each of these positions.

 

In the case of the Directorship the nature of the responsibilities means that candidates need to be in or near to London. There is no such requirement, however, with regard to the Editorship of Philosophy. Also it is possible that the editorship might be shared as, for example, is that of Mind.

It is expected that handover of responsibilities would take place in the early part of 2019, on a schedule to be agreed with the Chair and the Executive Committee.

Initial expressions of interest for the posts should be sent by email to the Managing Director Dr James Garvey at j.garvey@royalinstitutephilosophy.org and copied to me as Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy at jjh1@st-andrews.ac.uk to arrive on or before 26th October 2018.

These should include a CV, together with a brief statement of purpose. Selected applicants will then be invited to provide a more extensive account of how they would envisage pursuing the purposes and aims of the Institute as Editor(s) of Philosophy.

It is expected that applicants will already be familiar with the journal but those interested in being considered for the position should review its online website https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/philosophy. Information about the Royal Institute of Philosophy and further particulars of the Editorial post are provided in the attached document.

John Haldane

Chair, Royal Institute of Philosophy

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Kant’s Scots; Edinburgh, 3rd Nov

Kant’s Scots

Bi-annual workshop on Kant’s philosophy

Friday 3rd November 2018

Room 4.01, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD

 

Program:

10h30-12h00

Dr. Anastasia N. Artemyev Berg (Cambridge)

Kant’s Feeling of Moral Respect as Practical Self-Consciousness

12h15-13h15

Lorenzo Spagnesi (Edinburgh)

Reason as “the touchstone of truth”. A perspectival interpretation of the Appendix to the Transcendental Dialecti

14h30-16h00

Prof. Jens Timmermann (St Andrews)

Kant against the Right to Lie: The Central Argument

16h15-17h45

Dr. Antonino Falduto (St Andrews)

The People’s Right to a Revolution: Kant, Fichte, Erhard

No registration necessary

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Scots Philosophical Association and the Edinburgh Philosophy Department.

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SPA AGM and Conference; Aberdeen, December 6/7 2018

Dear All,

I wanted to share a few details about the upcoming SPA Annual General Meeting and Conference, held at Aberdeen on Thursday/Friday 6 and 7 December, 2018.  I’ll be sending more information in due course, but please mark your calendars, and hope to see you there.

Patrick

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Annual General Meeting of the Scots Philosophical Association                     

 6 – 7 December, Aberdeen

 6 December

1 – 1.30           Coffee, Meet & Greet

1.30 – 3.00      SPA Business Meeting (SPA members only)

 3 – 4.30           Alessandra Tanesini, Cardiff

 4.30 – 5           Coffee

 5 – 6.30           Stephan Torre, Aberdeen

 7.00                 Dinner

7 December

 9.30 – 11 am   Havi Carel, Bristol (via Skype)

 11 – 11.30       Coffee

 11.30 – 1 pm   Ian Kidd, Nottingham

 1 – 2 pm          Lunch

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Environmental Ethics and Value in the Age of Exoplanets; St Andrews, 6 October

Environmental Ethics and Value in the Age of Exoplanets
An interdisciplinary workshop. 6 October 2018.

We will be working toward the production of an output: an essay that (1) lays out the central problems of environmental ethics relating to space science and exploration and (2) outlines how people from different disciplines can work together on answering them.

Free to attend

Location: Senate Room, St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews

9:00 – 9:05 -- Introduction
9:05 – 9:55 – Session 1 – Jacob Haqq-Misra (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science), "Value Theory"
9:55 – 10:45 – Session 2 – Charles Cockell (University of Edinburgh), "Exoplanets and Environmental Ethics"
Break
11:05 – 11:55 – Session 3 – Ash Watkins (University of St. Andrews), "Asteroid Mining"
11:55 – 12:45 – Session 4 – Ben Sachs (University of St. Andrews), “Contaminating Other Planets”
1:00 – 2:00 – Lunch
2:15—3:05 – Session 5 – Natalya Zavina-James (University of St. Andrews), "The 21st Century Space Race: Evaluating the risk and potential of private space exploration"
3:05—3:55 – Session 6 – Tony Milligan (King's College London), “Fairness and Appropriation: The Case of the Martian Lava Tubes”
Break
4:15 – 5:05 – Session 7 – Tim Mulgan (University of Auckland/University of St. Andrews), "Human and Alien Lives"
5:05 – 5:55 – Session 8 – Jacob Haqq-Misra, Synthesis and "How Can We Communicate Across Disciplines?"



To register, email the organiser, Ben Sachs (bas7@st-andrews.ac.uk).  Please note that this will be a *no distractions* workshop.  Everyone in attendance will be expected to give their undivided attention to the workshop proceedings except of course during breaks, so that means no texting, checking email or social media accounts, etc.

With gratefully acknowledged support from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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Themes from Alan Weir; Glasgow; 10 – 12 December

A workshop Themes from Alan Weir will take place at Philosophy, 69 Oakfield Avenue, University of Glasgow, Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 December 2018.

 

Speakers:

 

John Divers (University of Leeds)

Mary Leng (University of York)

James Levine (Trinity College, Dublin

Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow)

Marianna Antonutti Marfori (University of Munich)

Alex Miller (University of Otago)

Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University)

Alan Weir (University of Glasgow)

Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford)

Elia Zardini (University of Lisbon)

 

Organized by Stephan Leuenberger and Adam Rieger

More details athttps://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/research/philosophyresearch/newsandevents/headline_596651_en.html

 

Attendance is free but please contact Adam.Rieger@glasgow.ac.uk if intending to come.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Scots Philosophical Association, the Mind Association, and the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow.

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Public lecture; Stirling; Sept. 20

Whatever we Know, there is More: the Cyborg Enhancement of Human Experience

 

Public Lecture by Liviu Babitz (CEO, Cyborg Nesthttps://cyborgnest.net/)

 

Sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy

 

When: 17.45 – 19.15, Thursday September 20th

Where: Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling

 

What would it be like to have an extra sense for experiencing the world, something in addition to the usual biological endowment of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste? And what would it be like to have a piece of intelligently designed technology physically, permanently and intimately anchored to your body that gave you that extra sense? How would that change the way you encounter, remember and think about reality? Liviu Babitz can tell you, because, for well over a year now, he has been a real, living cyborg, a technologically enhanced human being. Liviu’s sensory capacities have been augmented by the North Sense, an artificial exo-sense that is fixed onto the upper part of his chest, and that enables him to sense – to experience, not merely to detect – the magnetic field of the planet, and thus to perceive directly where north is.

Beyond any practical advantages such technological augmentation may bring (knowing where north is has been historically significant for human beings across cultures, and some other animals have an evolved, organic north sense), Liviu’s goal, and the goal of his fellow digital pioneers and transhumanists at the company he co-founded, Cyborg Nest, is to change the way we perceive reality. In this public lecture, Liviu will discuss the North Sense and his experience of living with it as part of him, in the context of a broader set of opportunities and concerns associated with our increasingly intimate and powerful couplings with progressively more sophisticated and intelligent technology. To explore these issues, Liviu will be joined by Professor Michael Wheeler (Philosophy, University of Stirling) and Dr Alisa Mandrigin (Anniversary Research Fellow in Psychology and Philosophy, University of Stirling). Everyone is welcome and there will be time to ask questions and join in the discussion. So come along and glimpse our species’ future.

 

This event is free, but if you are intending to come along, it would be helpful if you would register using the following link. This is to assist us with the planning. Thank you.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whatever-we-know-there-is-more-the-cyborg-enhancement-of-human-experience-tickets-49980125902??

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Axel Honneth in Edinburgh 28 June

From Mirko Canevaro (Classics, Edinburgh):

Honour in Classical Greece
Public Lecture Series

28 June 2018

5:10–7:30pm

Speaker: Professor Axel Honneth (Frankfurt/Columbia)

Venue: Playfair Hall, Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DW

Our project is delighted to welcome as its second public lecturer Axel Honneth, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia and Frankfurt Universities and Director of the latter’s renowned Institut für Sozialforschung.

The theme of Professor Honneth’s lecture is ‘Recognition in Modern Europe’.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

All are welcome. The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/axel-honneth-hcg-lecture-recognition-in-modern-europe-tickets-46450397389.

Dr Mirko Canevaro

Reader in Greek History
Department of Classics
The University of Edinburgh
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Galloway and Sa Cavalcante at Dundee; May 14 – 16 and 21 – 24

From Ashley Woodward (Dundee):

Dear all,
The University of Dundee and The Scottish Center for Continental Philosophy is please to announce a series of special events by visiting scholars Alexander R. Galloway and Maria Sa Cavalcante Schuback, funded by the Scots Philosophical Association.

All event are open to all and are free to attend. There is no need to book.
Alexander R. Galloway (4-6, May 14-16)
First masterclass on the concept of the digital.
Second masterclass on the concept of the analog
Evening lecture: “How did the computer learn to see?”

Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback (4-6, May 21-24)
Three masterclasses on time in exile, and the struggle of existence
Evening lecture: “Thinking through Sketches.”

For more details, follow the link: https://scot-cont-phil.org/news/seminar-may-2018-alexander-galloway-and-marcia-sa-cavalcante-schuback/

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Lacan in Scotland; Edinburgh; May 8

From Amanda Diserholt (Edinburgh Napier):

Please join us for a seminar by Aaron Schuster on: From Hedonism to the Symptom: The Destiny of Lust

In this seminar, we will examine Lacan’s notion of jouissance, through the lens of Plato’s dialogue Philebus, his most advanced treatment of the question of pleasure and the good life. How is Lacan’s notion of enjoyment both grounded in Plato’s theory on pleasure as well as a decisive break from it? What are the moral and ontological implications of Lacan’s idea of enjoyment? How does it relate to Freud’s attempts to theorize the nature of Lust? In addition to the interpretation of Lacan, we will sketch a history of pleasure, starting with Plato’s critique of hedonism and ending with Freud’s paradoxical notion of the “unfelt pleasure” of the symptom. From Greek hedonism to the neurotic symptom: is this the destiny of Lust?

Aaron Schuster is a philosopher and writer, based in Amsterdam. He is the author of The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis (MIT Press, 2016). He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago in 2016, and will be at the Society of Fellows, Cornell University in 2018-2019.

You are invited to read Aaron Schuster’s texts:
Is Pleasure a Rotten Idea?

Being and Enjoyment in Plato’s Philebus: A Lacanian Perspective

Tuesday May 8 at 18:30 – 20:00 
Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, Room G24

**FREE AND OPEN TO ALL**

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Paul Boghossian at the Royal Society of Edinburgh; 23 May

?The Knowledge Beyond Natural Science project at the University of Stirling would like to announce the third of the project’s series of Public Lectures.  The lecture will be given on Wednesday 23 May 2018 by Professor Paul Boghossian of New York University. He will address the question: ‘Should we be Relativists about Morality?’

Many people, philosophers and non-philosophers alike, regard themselves as relativists about morality. They are suspicious of there being any objective truths about how we should conduct our lives. In this talk, Professor Boghossian will argue that relativism about morality is not an option: we face a stark voice between eliminating moral discourse altogether or accepting a certain measure of objectivity about the moral domain. He will conclude by arguing in favour of the latter option.
 
The lecture will be held in the Wellcome West Room of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s building at 28 George Street, Edinburgh. Attendance is free and open to all.
 
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The H. J. Paton Colloquium in Kantian Ethics; St Andrews, 2 May 2018

The H. J. Paton Colloquium in Kantian Ethics

Wednesday, 2 May 2018  · St Mary’s Quadrangle, South Street  · The Senate Room

University of St Andrews
10:00 Marie Newhouse (Surrey):
“Law as a Rational Requirement”

11:30 Antonino Falduto (Halle-Wittenberg):

“Magnanimity and Strength of Soul”

The 2018 Paton Lecture

2:30 Jeanine Grenberg (St Olaf):

“Kant’s Deontological Eudaemonism”
All welcome!
Organiser: Jens Timmermann (jt28@st-andrews.ac.uk)
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St Andrews Kant Reading Party; 16 – 19 July

It is our pleasure to invite you to the St Andrews Kant Reading Party 2018: Kant and Rawls.
The reading party is an annually recurring academic retreat aimed at bringing together
scholars of various backgrounds and career stages to discuss and compare the works of
Immanuel Kant and another prominent philosopher. The eleventh edition of the event will
be held at The Burn in Angus (http://theburn.goodenough.ac.uk/) from July 16-19, 2018.
Thematically, our focus will be on the practical philosophy of Kant and John Rawls. Our aim
is to illuminate the complex relation between the two philosophers, and thereby to gain new
and deeper insights into some of the important moral and political issues of our time.
The Kant Reading Party is open to all. It involves a combination of discussion sessions,
which are based on pre-circulated readings, and paper sessions, which give graduate
students a chance to present work relevant to the theme of the event.
We invite graduate students to submit anonymised abstracts of no more than 750 words by
the 13 th of May. Note that students whose abstracts are selected for presentation are waived
the entire participation fee.
Non-presenting participants are invited to register by the 31 st of May. The estimated
participation fees are £140 for faculty members and £70 for students.
For more information on the event, as well as detailed instructions on how to submit
abstracts and register for participation, please visit our website at
https://standrewskantcolloquium.wordpress.com/kant-reading- party/ and our philevents
page at https://philevents.org/event/show/61314
With best wishes,
The organisers: Janis Schaab, Lucas Sierra Vélez, Prof. Kate Moran, Prof. Jens Timmermann
The St Andrews Kant Reading Party 2018 is made possible by the support of the Centre for
Academic, Professional and Organisational Development at the University of St Andrews,
the Scots Philosophical Association, and the UK Kant Society.
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod/

Home


https://sites.google.com/site/ukkantsociety/

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Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX; Aberdeen, 24-25 May

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX

SCOTTISH SEMINAR IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY

University of Aberdeen 24-25 May 2018

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Seminar Room 224.

Key note speakers:

Felicity Green (University of Edinburgh)

Martin Lenz (University of Groningen)

 All are welcome to attend. Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory on our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scottish-seminar-in-early-modern-philosophy-ix-tickets-43171342648

PROGRAMME

Thursday 24 May

9.00-9.15 Coffee and Welcome

9.15-10.00 Brenda Basilico (University of Lille III), “Music, Mathematics, and Skepticism in Mersenne’s Writings”

10.00-10.45 Margaret Matthews (Emory University, Atlanta), “The Place of Skepticism in Montaigne’s Essays.” 

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-12.00 Key Note SpeakerFelicity Green (University of Edinburgh), “Freedom and Responsibility in Locke’s Account of Belief.”

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Raphael Krut-Landau (University of Pennsylvania), “From History to Anagogy: Scriptural Modes of Reading in Spinoza’s Ethics.”

14.15-15.00 Sanja Särman (Hong Kong University), “Don’t Know Yourself – Spinoza and Leibniz on the Advantages of Having an Infinitely Unfamiliar Mind.”

15.00-15.15 Break

15.15-16.00 James A. Harris (University of St Andrews), “Hume on political obligation: between Locke and Filmer.”

16.00-17.45 Jacob Hinze (University of St. Andrews), “Indeterminacies in Locke’s Concept of the State of Nature.” (SSEMP Essay Prize Winner, funded by the BSHP)

Friday 25 May

9.00-9.15 Coffee

9.15-10.00 David Bartha (Central European University), “Two Routes to Idealism: Collier and Berkeley.”

10.00-10.45 Umrao Sethi (Lehman College, CUNY), “Mind-Dependence in Berkeley and the Problem of Perception.”

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-12.00 Key Note SpeakerMartin Lenz (University of Groningen), “What does it mean to share a view? Hume on the Transmission of Mental States. “

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Dino Jakusic (University of Warwick), “Christian Wolff and the Invention of Ontology.”

14.15-15.00 Gaston Robert (King’s College London), “God, Aggregation, and the Collective Unity of All Substances: General Pre-Established Harmony Revisited.”

15.00-15.15 Break

15.15-16.00 Keith Green (East Tennessee State University), “Hatred, Moral Motivation, and ‘Normativity’ in Spinoza and Hume”

16.00-16.45 Gabriel Watts (Oriel College, Oxford), “The Curious Place of Curiosity in Hume’s Theory of the Passions.”

Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory. Please up on Eventbrite: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scottish-seminar-in-early-modern-philosophy-ix-tickets-43171342648

 Contact: Mogens Lærke: mogenslaerke@hotmail.com

Organisation: Beth Lord (Aberdeen); Mogens Lærke (IHRIM, CNRS, ENS de Lyon)

Funding: Scottish Philosophical Association (SPA) / British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP) / University of Aberdeen / IHRIM (CNRS, UMR 5317), ENS de Lyon.

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Visiting scholars at Dundee (Alexander Galloway and Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback); 14 – 27 May

The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee is pleased to announce a series of special events by visiting scholars Alexander Galloway and Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback, running from the 14th to the 27th of May 2018. These events are made possible by the support of the Scots Philosophical Association.
All events are free to attend.
 
Our first visiting fellow is Alexander R. Galloway, 14–19 May
 
First Masterclass: The Concept of the Digital
Monday 14 May4-6 pm, room 2S12, Dalhousie Building.
 
Second Masterclass: The Concept of the Analog
Tuesday 15 May, 4-6pm, room 2S12, Dalhousie Building.
 
Evening Lecture: How Did the Computer Learn to See?
Wednesday 16 May, 4-6 pm, Meeting Room, Dundee Contemporary Arts
 
 
Our second visiting fellow is Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback21-27 May
 
Three Masterclasses: Time in Exile – About the Struggle for Presence
First Masterclass: Monday 21 May4-6 pm, Room 2G13 Dalhousie Building
Second Masterclass: Tuesday 22 May4-6 pm, Room 2G13 Dalhousie Building
Third Masterclass: Wednesday 23 May4-6 pm, Room 2G13 Dalhousie Building
 
Evening Lecture: Thinking through Sketches
Thursday 24 May4-6pm, Meeting Room, Dundee Contemporary Arts
 
 
For further information, including abstracts and speaker biographies, see https://scot-cont-phil.org/home-page/activities/
 
 
Enquiries may be sent to Amélie Berger Soraruff: a.a.l.bergersoraruff@dundee.ac.uk
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Mathematical Collaboration II; St Andrews, 7 and 8 April

From Fenner Tanswell & Josh Habgood-Coote:

Hi everyone,

On Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of April, the University of St Andrews are hosting a workshop entitled “Mathematical Collaboration II” in room 104, Edgecliffe The Scores, St Andrews. This is a joint workshop with the Social Machines of Mathematics project in Oxford led by Prof Ursula Martin.

The event website can be found here:
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/arche/event/group-knowledge-and-mathematical-collaboration-workshop-ii/

I shall also include the schedule and abstracts below.

The purpose is to look at social epistemology for mathematics, with a focus on how mathematicians collaborate. We’ve gone out of our way to make this interdisciplinary and to interact with practising mathematicians, argumentation theorists, historians and ethnographers, so we’re hoping to see some exciting discussion, especially with a panel discussion featuring local mathematicians and historians of mathematics.

I encourage everyone that is interested to come along. There is no registration fee, but it would be very helpful to let us know if you intend to so that we can get a feel for the numbers. If you would like to join us for dinner at Maisha, please let me know too (though we cannot cover the cost of this from the budget).

We gratefully acknowledge funding from both the Scots Philosophical Association and the EPSRC.

All the best,

Fenner Tanswell & Josh Habgood-Coote

ft34@st-andrews.ac.uk

josh.habgood-coote@bristol.ac.uk

SCHEDULE
Saturday 7th April

9:30-10.45 Talk: Josh Habgood-Coote (Bristol) What is the point of authorship?

10.45-11.15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:30 Talk: Benedikt Loewe (Hamburg/Amsterdam) Training future researchers studying mathematical practices and cultures

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-2:00 Presentation: Kamilla Rekvenyi (St Andrews) Paul Erd?s’s Mathematics as a Social Activity

2:00-2:10 Brief break

2:10-3:25 Talk: Stephen Crowley (Boise State) Does Collaboration make Mathematicians Virtuous?

3:25-3:50 Coffee Break

3:50-5:00 Panel Session on mathematical collaboration: Peter Cameron, Adam Dunn, Isobel Falconer, Louis Theran

7:00 Conference Dinner (Maisha)

Sunday 8th April


9:30-10.45 Talk: Colin Rittberg (VUB Brussels) & Fenner Tanswell (St Andrews) Epistemic Injustice in Mathematics (joint work with Jean Paul van Bendegem)

10.45-11.15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:30 Talk: Joe Corneli (Edinburgh) Argumentation theory for mathematical argument

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-2:45 Chris Kelp (Glasgow) tbc

2:45-3:15 Coffee Break

3:15-4:15 Talk: Katie McCallum (Brighton) Situating Mathematical Communication: An Artist’s Ethnography of Research Mathematics

4:20-5:30 Talk: Ursula Martin (Oxford)  Beyond inference, and towards impact: taking forward the study of mathematical collaboration.

ABSTRACTS

 

Title- What is the point of authorship?

Josh Habgood-Coote (Bristol)

 

Abstract. Getting to important results in mathematics often takes the intellectual efforts of many people, each offering different kinds of contribution, as we can see in the polymath project, the classification of finite simple groups, and  everyday collaborations. When it comes to writing up collaborative work, the collaborators face the  vexed question of who should be included on the author line. Researchers in a number of disciplines — most saliently high-energy physics and biomedicine — have worried about this question, putting forward various proposals for authorship attributions. In this paper, I will offer a different angle on this debate, thinking about the different functions played by authorship attributions, and suggesting that disciplines might do better by replacing the notion of authorship with a pluralist account that distinguishes contributors, writers and guarantors.

Title – Does Collaboration make Mathematicians Virtuous?
Stephen Crowley (Boise State University)

Abstract – The aim of this paper is to consider the ‘fit’ of two important recent views about knowledge making communities. On the one hand the importance of collaboration is becoming increasingly clear, on the other the notion of virtue is being appealed to more frequently as a way to understand the norms of practice of such communities. So far so good – but can we fit collaboration into a virtue based approach, and if not what follows? Mathematics, in addition to its intrinsic interest, is a great case study for thinking about this issue because i) its deeply collaborative and ii) its norms will be almost purely epistemic – no Human Subjects protocols to complicate things – as such a great deal of recent work from virtue epistemology can be ‘imported’ in a relatively straightforward fashion. I’ll suggest here that collaboration is a poor fit with the virtue framework and that the implications of this are that our thinking about the nature of knowledge making communities is still too individualistic.

Situating Mathematical Communication: An Artist’s Ethnography of Research Mathematics
Katie McCallum (Brighton University)

Mathematics is often characterised as existing above and outside of our social and material world. Through ethnographic observation and creative and linguistic analysis I am undertaking to build up a picture of mathematical communication and even solo work as inextricably bound up with rich material and social resources, and its progress dependent on their successful deployment. Written analysis moves in parallel with creative sculptural experimentation in order to do justice to the material element emphasised in this research.

I will be talking about the results of my observations of nine mathematicians in the UK, USA and Europe, combining a cognitivist theory of communication with situated mind ideas in an effort to explain why it is that the study of mathematics takes the particular forms that it does in the world. These forms have developed and been maintained in dialogue with our limited, very human cognitive architecture, and understanding how this is the case might demonstrate that ideas about mind-environment systems have insight to offer in even the most ostensibly disembodied areas of human endeavour.

Title: Training future researchers studying mathematical practices and cultures
Benedikt Löwe

Abstract. The research field studying mathematical research practices and cultures (also known as “philosophy of mathematical practice”) uses methods from the empirical social sciences to study mathematical research practices and in particular cultural variations between different research practices and their effect on mathematics. Sociologists of science are well-equipped with an ample toolbox of methods to do studies like this, but traditionally, they have shown a “peculiar mixture of awe and lack of interest” in mathematics (Heintz, 2000). As a consequence, philosophers of mathematical practice have to follow in the footsteps of experimental philosophers and become empirical scientists themselves. In this talk, I report on a graduate-level course taught at the Universiteit van Amsterdam to train philosophers of logic, science, and mathematics for doing empirical research relevant for the philosophy of mathematical practice.

Title:  Paul Erd?s’s Mathematics as a Social Activity
Kamilla Rekvenyi (St Andrews)

Abstract.  This presentation investigates the collaborative mathematical practice of Paul Erd?s. It raises the question of whether communal mathematics, or mathematics as a social activity, can lead to individual success. It draws on new primary sources in both English and Hungarian.

I will look at Erd?s’s social mathematics from several angles. Firstly, I will analyse his collaborations and heritage, and the ways he had for finding the ideal mathematician to work with him on each problem. Then I discuss two contrasting case studies: his influence on young mathematicians as exemplified by Kenneth Falconer; and the Erd?s-Selberg collaboration on the elementary proof of the prime number theorem, which ended in dispute. Neither of these collaborations resulted in individual success for Erd?s, but both furthered, what may have been his main aim: solving beautiful mathematical problems.

Title: Argumentation theory for mathematical argument  (joint work with Ursula Martin, Dave Murray-Rust, Gabriela Rino Nesin, Alison Pease)
Joe Corneli (Edinburgh)

Abstract: To adequately model mathematical arguments the analyst must be able to represent the mathematical objects under discussion and the relationships between them, as well as inferences drawn about these objects and relationships as the discourse unfolds.  A paper recently submitted to the journal Argumentation introduces a framework with these properties, which has been applied to both mathematical dialogues and expository texts.  (Preprint  available: http://arxiv.org/abs/1803.06500 )

Title: Epistemic Injustice in Mathematics

Colin Rittberg (VUB) & Fenner Tanswell (St Andrews) joint work with Jean Paul van Bendegem (VUB)

Abstract: We investigate how epistemic injustice can manifest in mathematical practices. We do this as both asocial epistemological and virtue-theoretic investigation of mathematical practices. We delineate the concept both positively – we show that folk theorems can be a source of epistemic injustice in mathematics – and negatively by exploring cases where the obstacles to participation in a mathematical practice do not amount to epistemic injustice. Having explored what epistemic injustice in mathematics can amount to, we use the concept to highlight a potential danger of intellectual enculturation. (Let me know if you’d like a copy of this paper.)

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final reminder: Papineau and Pettigrove *today*

Final reminder:  David Papineau is giving our keynote address today at 11 AM in the Dugald Stewart Building 3.10.  Catered lunch at 12:30 on the 7th floor of DSB.  Glen Pettigrove is giving our final talk at 1:30 in 3.10 DSB.

We hope to see you there!

 

10:30 AM: Coffee (7th floor of Dugald Stewart Building)

11:00 AM: Keynote Address: David Papineau (KCL), “Kinds and Essences” (3.10/3.11 Dugald Stewart Building)

12:30 PM: Lunch (provided; 7th floor Dugald Stewart Building)

1:30 PM: Glen Pettigrove (Glasgow), “Character and Role” (3.10/3.11 Dugald Stewart Building)

The Dugald Stewart Building is located on Bristo Square in Edinburgh.  More information about the building (including accessibility information) can be found here.

 

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SPA AGM and Conference [next week]: Edinburgh 7&8 December; info. and register for dinner

Dear Scottish Philosophers,

The SPA AGM and Conference is coming up next week on Thursday/Friday 7 and 8 December in Edinburgh.  The conference program is below (with a few minor updates).  If you would like to attend the conference dinner (likely cost: £15 – £20), please email me at scotsphil@gmail.com by Tuesday 5 December. The dinner location will be Namaste Kathmandu (17 Forrest Rd).  If you would simply like to attend the conference, it would be great if you could let me know, but don’t feel pressure, and do feel free to simply turn up on the day.  Note: all Scottish PG students welcome!

Patrick Todd (Secretary)

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Thursday 7 December

1:30 PM: Coffee and meet and greet (7th floor of Dugald Stewart Building)

2:00 PM: AGM Business meeting (SPA members only)  (3.10/3.11 Dugald Stewart Building)

3:30 PM: Michela Massimi (Edinburgh): “Modelling Possibilities” (3.10/3.11 Dugald Stewart Building)

5:00 PM: Drinks reception (7th floor Dugald Stewart Building)

6:45 PM: Dinner at Namaste Kathmandu (email Secretary to register)

 

Friday 8 December:

10:30 AM: Coffee/pastries (7th floor of Dugald Stewart Building)

11:00 AM: Keynote Address: David Papineau (KCL), “Kinds and Essences” (3.10/3.11 Dugald Stewart Building)

12:30 PM: Lunch (provided; 7th floor Dugald Stewart Building)

1:30 PM: Glen Pettigrove (Glasgow), “Character and Role” (3.10/3.11 Dugald Stewart Building)

The Dugald Stewart Building is located on Bristo Square in Edinburgh.  More information about the building (including accessibility information) can be found here.