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CEPPA Graduate Conference in Moral and Political Philosophy; St Andrews; 8 – 10 February


What Difference Does It Make?

Philosophy’s Impact Beyond Philosophy


2nd CEPPA Graduate Conference in Moral and Political Philosophy  

8-10 February 2019 in St Andrews, Edgecliffe 104

The second CEPPA Graduate Conference provides a platform for early-career moral and political philosophers to discuss their work in a constructive and friendly environment.

The conference is open to all, and we especially encourage you to attend if you are not studying philosophy at university but are interested in moral and political philosophy nonetheless.

This year, the theme of our conference focuses on the question what impact philosophy can and should have beyond academia. We are asking our speakers to explain how society might benefit from better understanding their topic, and how their research can make a difference.

We are especially delighted to have Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia) delivering a talk on how to be a public philosopher. Everyone interested in making an impact with philosophy is very welcome to attend.

Lunch Tea and Coffee will be provided for all attendants.


17:00 Registration and Wine Reception

18:00 “So, You Want to Be a Public Philosopher?”
Public Philosophy Workshop with Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia)

9:30 “Clay, Glass and Implicit Bias”
Sam Sumpter (University of Washington)
Comments by Katherine Hawley (St Andrews)

11:00 “Why It Makes No Difference Whether You Make a Difference”
Samuel Lee (New York University)
Comments by Rowan Cruft (Stirling)

12:15 “On Doing Less Good”
Jessica Fischer (University College London)
Comments by Theron Pummer (St Andrews)

Lunch Break

14:30 Keynote: Christine Bratu (LMU Munich)

16:00 “Probabilistic Classifiers, Unknown Objects, and the Ethics of Automated Vehicles”
Geoff Keeling (University of Bristol)
Comments by Matt Clark (SASP)

17:30 “Microagressions and Indignation: How our Emotions Help us Track Injustice”
Lara Jost (Université de Genève)
Comments by Alison Duncan Kerr (St Andrews)

10:00 “Tackling Lookism”
Enrico Galvagni (University of Trento)
Comments by Lisa Jones (St Andrews)

11:30 “Rawls and the Distribution of Fair Work”
Frauke Schmode (Technischen Universität München)
Comments by Deryn Thomas (SASP)

Lunch Break

13:30 Keynote: Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po Paris)

15:00 “On David Estlund’s Account of Qualified Acceptability”
William Chan (University of Warwick)
Comments by Jakob Hinze (SASP)


Many thanks to the Mind Association, Scots Philosophical Asssociation, the Aristotelian Society, CAPOD, and CEPPA for their generous funding.

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Sociability and the Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment: themes from the work of Nicholas Phillipson (1937-2018); Edinburgh, 1 – 2 March

Sociability and the Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment: themes from the work of Nicholas Phillipson (1937-2018)

Playfair Library and Raeburn Room, Old College, University of Edinburgh, 1 – 2 March 2019


Friday, 1 March (Playfair Library, Old College)

10.30 – 11.00 am: Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 11.15 am: Introduction

11.15 am – 12.15 pm: Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS, Paris), ‘Lord Monboddo’s “Ugly Tail”: Orangutans in Enlightenment Sciences of Man’

12.15 – 1.30 pm: Lunch

1.30 – 2.30 pm: Ryan Hanley (Marquette University), ‘The Human Good and the Science of Man’

2.30 – 3.30 pm Sylvana Tomaselli (St. John’s College, Cambridge), ‘Reflections on the Art of Being in the Eighteenth Century’

3.30 – 4 pm: Tea and Coffee

4 – 5 pm: Robert Anderson (University of Edinburgh), ‘Nicholas Phillipson and University History’

Saturday, 2 March (Raeburn Room, Old College)

10.45 – 11.15 am: Tea and Coffee

11.15 am – 12.15 pm: Nicholas Phillipson as a teacher

12.15 – 1.15 pm: Lunch

1.15 – 2.15 pm: Nicholas Phillipson’s research: scholarship and sociability

2.15 – 2.30 pm: Concluding Remarks

This event is supported by the Scottish Philosophical Association, the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Eighteenth-Century and Enlightenment Studies Network (ECENS), and the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History.

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Themes from Alan Weir; Glasgow 10 – 12 December

In a number of areas, Alan Weir has elaborated strikingly original views which involve a radical departure from the main-stream. These include formalism in the philosophy of mathematics, and as well as naïve set theory, with a universal set, and a naïve theory of truth. In contrast to other contemporary defenders of the latter two theories, Weir rejects dialetheism and accepts classical rules for the logical connectives. He avoids contradictions by restricting certain structural inference rules, specifically some generalized versions of transitivity. In addition, Weir has developed radical versions of naturalism and physicalism (partly informed by his work on Quine) and perceptual realism.

The aim of the workshop is to advance research on themes from Weir’s philosophy.

Everyone is welcome, but we request prior registration (at no cost): please email Adam Rieger ( by Monday 3 December if you would like to participate.

Postgraduate student bursaries: thanks to the Analysis Trust, we have up to five postgraduate students available, to cover up to 50% of the cost of accommodation (not travel). If you are interested in applying, please contact Adam Rieger as soon as possible.


Venue: Reid Room, Department of Philosophy, University of Glasgow (69 Oakfield Avenue).

Monday 10th December:

1-1:45: Pre-workshop Tutorial: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Alan Weir

2-3:30: Timothy Williamson (Oxford): ‘Alternative Logics and Applied Mathematics’


4-5:30: Stephan Krämer (Hamburg): ‘State-space semantics for state-space mereology’

Tuesday 11th December:

[9-9:30 coffee]

9:30-11: Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State): ‘Plurals, groups, and paradox’

11:15-12:45 Mary Leng (York): tba

2:15-3:45: Alan Weir: ‘A Mereological Theory of Properties and Relations’

4-5:30: Alex Miller (Otago, via video-link): ‘What is the Sceptical Solution?’

Wednesday 12th December:

[9-9:30 coffee]

9:30-11: Elia Zardini (Lisbon): ‘Against the World’

11:15-12:45: Marianna Antonutti Marfori (Munich): tba


2:15-3:45: James Levine (Trinity College Dublin): ‘On Quine’s Naturalism?’

4-5:30: John Divers (Leeds): ‘Metaphysical Modality and Objective Probability’

Updates will be posted at the website:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Analysis Trust, the Aristotelian Society, the Mind Association, the Scots Philosophical Association, and theSchool of Humanities, University of Glasgow.

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KBNS Network Workshop; 17 and 18 December, Stirling

Dear all,


The second KBNS Network Workshop will take place next month, 17th and 18th of December, at the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling .


A draft programme (to be updated soon with titles and abstracts) is available here:


For delegates other than project members/speakers:

Please let us know by email if you are planning to attend (to: There is no registration fee, and teas/coffees during the Workshop are provided.

You are welcome to join us for meals during the Workshop – lunches, and the Workshop Dinner on Monday 17th – but these have to be booked in advance: details and costs are given below. (Email to:


Meal costs:
– Two course lunch, 17th: £13.5

– Conference dinner, 17th: £25

– Two course lunch, 18th: £13.5

Vegetarian options are standard.


Thank you very much!


Sonia Roca-Royes

KBNS project co-leader

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SPA AGM and Conference, Aberdeen 6 – 7 December

Dear SPA members,

Please see below for further information about our upcoming AGM and Conference at Aberdeen, 6 – 7 December.  Hope to see you there!



Annual Meeting of the Scots Philosophical Society 6 – 7 December 2018, Aberdeen

6 December: Meeting Room 1, 7th Floor, Sir Duncan Library

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Coffee, Meet & Greet

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: SPA Business Meeting (SPA members only)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University)

“Sensibilities, Thinking Styles and Character Traits: On the Heterogeneity of Intellectual Vices”

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Coffee

5.00 pm – 6:30 pm: Stephan Torre & Clas Weber (University of Aberdeen & University of Western Australia)

“De Se Puzzles and Frege Puzzles”

7.30 pm


7 December: Meeting Room 1, 7th Floor, Sir Duncan Library

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Ian Kidd (University of Nottingham)

“Pathophobia: Illness, Vices, and Social Oppression”

11:00 am – 11.30 am: Coffee

VC Suite, University Office Building:

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Havi Carel [via Skype] (Bristol University)

“Phenomenology of Illness”

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm


SPA AGM Information 2018

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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




Dr. Anastasia N. Artemyev Berg (Cambridge)

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


Lorenzo Spagnesi (Edinburgh)

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


Prof. Jens Timmermann (St Andrews)

Kant against the Right to Lie: The Central Argument


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.



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"
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”
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 (  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.




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 at


Attendance is free but please contact 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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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:

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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 (
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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 ( 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 party/ and our philevents
page at
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.


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

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX


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:


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:

 Contact: Mogens Lærke:

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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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:

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

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.



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: )

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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KBNS Workshop, Stirling, 18-19 December

KBNS Network Workshop 1

Self-Knowledge and the A Priori

18th-19th December 2017, Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling

The Workshop is open to all, and there is no registration fee, but please register by emailing Sonia Roca-Royes at

For more information, please visit:

Draft Programme

Monday 18th December

10.00 – 11.30         Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm): Knowledge of Belief and the Asymmetry Thesis

11.30 – 11.45         Coffee

11.45 – 1.15           Indrek Lobus (Stirling): TBA

1.15 – 2.15             Lunch

2.15 – 3.45             Rob Rupert (Colorado): TBA

3.45 – 4.00             Break

4.00 – 5.30             Giovanni Merlo (Stirling): The metaphysical problem of other minds

5.30 – 6.30             Buffet Dinner

6.30 – 8.30             2nd KBNS PUBLIC LECTURE: Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm):

Fact resistance: what is it, and how can it be cured?


Tuesday 19th December

10.00 – 11.30         Annalisa Coliva (UCI):   Disagreeing with myself. Rationality, Moore’s paradox and belief revision

11.30 – 11.45         Coffee

11.45 – 1.15           Joshua Thurow (UTSA): Understanding to the Rescue

1.15 – 2.15             Lunch

2.15 – 3.45             Lucy O’Brien (UCL): TBA

3.45 – 4.00             Break

4.00 – 5.30             Giacomo Melis (Stirling): Brute errors and warranting roles (of experience)

7.00                        Dinner: Stirling Court Hotel