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Book launch workshop "John Venn: A life in logic", Virtual

18 May 2022

All are invited to join the online book launch of Lukas M. Verburgt's John 
Venn: A Life in Logic 
(The University of Chicago Press, 2022) in the form of an online 

Date & time. Wednesday 18th May 2022, 4:00pm-5:30pm 

Location. Microsoft Teams

Registration. Please send an email to johnvenn2022@gmail.com. Upon 
registration, you'll receive a link to the Teams meeting and a promo code, 
which can be used to order the book at 30% off from Chicago's website 

> Program

David E. Dunning (Oxford)

'Introduction: John Venn's Life and Logic'
Lukas M. Verburgt (NIAS/Leiden)

'Venn's Pluralism regarding Logical Forms'
Dirk Schlimm (McGill) and David Waszek (CNRS)

'Venn's Diagrams'
Amirouche Moktefi (Tallinn University of Technology)

'Venn and C.S. Peirce'
Claudia Cristalli (Indiana State University)

Plenary discussion, chaired by David E. Dunning


John Venn (1834-1923) is remembered today as the inventor of the famous 
Venn diagram. The postmortem fame of the diagram has until now eclipsed 
Venn's own status as one of the most accomplished logicians of his day. 
Praised by John Stuart Mill as a "high successful thinker" with much 
"power of original thought," Venn had a profound influence on 
nineteenth-century scientists and philosophers, ranging from Mill and 
Francis Galton to Lewis Carroll and Charles Sanders Peirce.

Venn wrote influential textbooks on probability theory and logic, became a 
fellow of the Royal Society, and advocated alongside Henry Sidgwick for 
educational reform, including that of women's higher education. Moreover, 
through his students, a direct line can be traced from Venn to the early 
analytic philosophy of G.E. Moore and Bertrand Russell, and family ties 
connect him to the famous Bloomsbury group.

The book takes readers on Venn's journey from Evangelical son to Cambridge 
don to explore his life and work in context. Drawing on Venn's key 
writings and correspondence, published and unpublished, Lukas M. Verburgt 
unearths the legacy of the logician's wide-ranging thinking while offering 
perspective on broader themes in religion, science, and the university in 
Victorian Britain. The rich picture that emerges of Venn, the person, is 
of a man with many sympathies -- sometimes mutually reinforcing and at 
other times outwardly and inwardly contradictory.

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