Closing Workshop: The Roots of Deduction

Two Diggers Among Trees  - Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh. Two Diggers Among Trees (1889)

Place: Faculty of Philosophy - University of Groningen 

Dates: April 7- 9 2016

We are hosting a conference to mark the ending of the VIDI research project The Roots of Deduction

Over the past five years members of the project, directed by Catarina Dutilh Novaes, have investigated the historical, cognitive and philosophical roots of deduction. The main focus of the project has been a particular multi-agent dialogical account of deduction, the 'built-in opponent' conception of deduction. This has been used in the project to inform analyses of ancient Greek conceptions of logic and deduction; to help us to understand mathematical cognition and cognitive biases; and to shed light on classical and contemporary problems in the philosophy of logic.

If you wish to attend the workshop, please drop us a note at rootsofdeduction at gmail dot com, as we only have a limited number of spots.

Speakers and Titles

  • Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney) : “Two Flavours of Mathematical Explanation”
  • Matthew Duncombe (Durham University) : “A Mereological Scandal of Deduction in Sextus Empiricus”
  • Julien Dutant (Kings College London) :  “Safety-Based Logics for Knowlege and Inference”
  • Catarina Dutilh Novaes (University of Groningen) : “The Beauty (?) of Mathematical Proofs”
  • Rohan French (University of Groningen) : “A Dialogical Account of Logical Pluralism”
  • Leon Geerdink (University of Groningen) : “How Can We Think about Philosophical Progress”
  • Wilfrid Hodges (British Academy) : “Physical Metaphors for Deduction”
  • Paula Quinon (Lund University) : “Philosophy of Arithmetic and Number Cognition “Back-and-forth” Strategy for Collaboration”
  • Luis Rosa (MCMP, Munich) : “Warranted Logical Beliefs”
  • Florian Steinberger (Birkbeck, University of London) : “ What it Might Mean for Logic to be Normative”
  • Sara Uckelman (Durham University) : “Why is Interactivity So Important”


Thursday (7th April)

13.45 — 14.00: Coffee
14.00 — 15.00: Mark Colyvan: “Two Flavours of Mathematical Explanation"
15.00 — 16.00: Catarina Dutilh Novaes: “The beauty (?) of mathematical proofs”
16.00 — 16.15: Coffee
16.15 — 17.15: Paula Quinon: “Philosophy of arithmetic and number cognition “Back-and-forth” strategy for collaboration”

Conference Dinner

Friday (8th April)

10.00 — 11.00: Rohan French: “A Dialogical Account of Logical Pluralism”
11.00 — 11.15: Coffee
11.15 — 12.15: Florian Steinberger: “What it might mean for logic to be normative”
12.15 — 13.30: Lunch
13.30 — 14.30: Wilfrid Hodges: “Physical metaphors for deduction"
14.30 — 15.30: Matthew Duncombe: “A Mereological Scandal of Deduction in Sextus Empiricus”
15.30 — 16.00: Coffee
16.00 — 17.00: Luis Rosa: “Warranted Logical Beliefs”
17.00 — 18.00: Julien Dutant: “Safety-based logics for knowlege and inference"

Saturday (9th April)

10.20 — 11.20: Sara L. Uckelman: “Why is Interactivity So Important” (NEW TIME!)
11.20 — 12.20: Leon Geerdink: “How Can We Think about Philosophical Progress” (NEW TIME!)
12.20 — 12.45: Closing Comments

A PDF of the Schedule can also be downloaded below.

Rohan French,
Apr 3, 2016, 12:12 PM