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Summer School "Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!"

22-26 Aug 2022
Duesseldorf, Germany

*Call for Applications: *

HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!”

Aug 22-26, 2022, in Düsseldorf, Germany

Application deadline: 1st June, 2022 (you will get notified a few days 

Info and Application: https://beyond-the-armchair.netlify.app

The HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!” 
aims at gathering young scholars with an interest into the philosophy of 
mathematics who want to explore new and innovative methodologies. Current 
trends show that philosophers of mathematics see the potential in applying 
various methods from other disciplines such as large corpus analyses, 
interview studies, or psychological experiments. We offer a platform to 
educate the upcoming generation in those methods. It should be noted that 
those methods are in principle valuable for other fields of philosophy as 

An already established strand in the philosophy of mathematics integrates 
social aspects of mathematics into philosophical thoughts, because 
traditional philosophical approaches focusing exclusively on the nature of 
mathematics by excluding all human aspects were often enough criticized as 
being too idealized and far from reality. Prominently, Lakatos, Davis and 
Hersh, and Mancosu set the stage for an engaged investigation of 
mathematical practice beyond the armchair. But still today, the 
methodology for investigating mathematical practices as well as the 
philosophical scope of questions addressing social and practical aspects 
are not fixed and a lot of scholars try to settle these issues. This is 
the contemporary research background in which we see an excellent 
opportunity to integrate young scholars into the field.

During five days, the schedule will be split into a morning and afternoon 
session in which internationally highly reputed lecturers offer courses 
presenting their methods of expertise. The students will have the 
possibility to apply the methods and study the practical details. In some 
evening lectures, we will reflect on the limits and potential of empirical 
methods for the philosophy of mathematics together with prominent 
philosophers of mathematics. Further, a social get-together and an 
afternoon excursion is planned to guarantee exchange between the 

Our list of instructors and lecturers includes:

    Bernhard Fisseni (Duisburg-Essen)

    Karen François (CLPS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

    Benedikt Löwe (Hamburg, Amsterdam & Cambridge)

    Ursula Martin (Edinburgh & Oxford)

    Mikkel Willum Johansen (Copenhagen)

    Helena Mihaljević (HTW Berlin)

    Bernhard Schröder (Duisburg-Essen)

    Henrik Kragh Sørensen (Copenhagen)

    Roy Wagner (ETH Zurich) (TBC)

Covid-19: This event is planned as an in-person event to support
learning and social interaction between the participants. However, if
any measures are required in summer, the event might turn into a hybrid

Application: We welcome applications from external students (MA and PhD
students). Apply with a short letter of motivation (200-400 words) and
your CV using the form on our website:

There is no participation fee. However, participants will need to cover
their travel and accommodation expenses. We especially encourage members
of underrepresented groups to apply.

If you do not want to use the form, or if you have any questions, please
contact Deborah Kant (deborah.kant@uni-hamburg.de

Organisation:The summer school is organised by Paul Hasselkuß
(Düsseldorf), Deborah Kant (Hamburg), and Deniz Sarikaya (Vrije
Universiteit Brussel).

It is hosted and supported by Heinrich Heine University, and supported
by Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science of the Vrije Universiteit
Brussel (VUB), the German Society for Philosophy of Science, and by
Christoph Kann (Düsseldorf).

We are looking forward to your applications!

Paul Hasselkuß, Deborah Kant, and Deniz Sarikaya
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