C-FORS Graduate Conference: Constructional Approaches in the Foundations of Mathematics and Philosophy

June 19, 2024 - June 20, 2024
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo


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The advanced ERC project “C-FORS: Construction in the Formal Sciences” led by Professor Øystein Linnebo (University of Oslo) is glad to announce its first graduate conference. The topic is constructional approaches to foundations of mathematics and philosophy.

By “constructional approach” we mean a way to account for a domain of objects by successively constructing its members. The inspiring example for these methods is the famous Iterative Conception of Set, which states that sets are “formed” successively by iterated applications of the operation “set of” (to use Gödel’s terms). The aim of C-FORS is to extend the approach exemplified by the Iterative Conception — which has proven to be quite successful as a natural guard against paradoxes and in justifying the axioms of ZFC — to other formal disciplines. In particular, in the foundations of mathematics the aim of C-FORS is to extend the iterative account of sets to other mathematical entities, such as classes or other intensional objects. On the other hand, in formal philosophy, the aim is to develop constructional approaches that account for hierarchies of higher-order entities and of truth predicates.

The aim of the conference is to bring together graduate students working in the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic, in Metaphysics and in Ontology and that are interested in (or critical of) constructional (i.e., iterative or hierarchical) accounts in these disciplines. Beside the current members of C-FORS, the discussion shall be guided by the two invited keynotes, Joel David Hamkins (Notre Dame) and Jon Erling Litland (UT Austin), who are both leading experts on topics relevant to the main theme of the conference. In addition, the conference involves the assignment of a commentator to lead the discussion on the contributed talk by each participant. Comments will be provided by three scholars that are also experts in their fields, namely Deborah Kant (Hamburg), Sam Roberts (Konstanz) and Chris Scambler (Oxford).

The conference will take place on 19-20 June 2024 at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at University of Oslo (Blindern Campus).

Graduate students and early-career researchers (within one year from completion of their PhD) are invited to submit abstracts (up to 1500 words) on the subject of the conference and prepared for blind review. We particularly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups. The proposals should be suitable for a 35-40 minute presentation. The conference is intended to be in-person.

We can also offer a limited number of travel bursaries up to 3.000 NOK to be awarded to student presenters at the conference, so make sure that you indicate your interest for them in the Google form if you want to be considered.

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