Abstractionism / Neologicism

April 26, 2014 - April 27, 2014
UConn Logic Group, University of Connecticut

Laurel Hall 201
Fairfield Way
Storrs 06269
United States

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  • UConn Brain Science Research Initiative
  • UConn Philosophy Department
  • UConn Humanities Institute

Main speakers:

University Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Roy Cook
University of Minnesota
Fernando Ferreira
Universidade de Lisboa
Richard Heck
Brown University
Kevin Klement
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Graham Leach-Krouse
Kansas State University
Øystein Linnebo
University of Oslo
Kansas State University
Stewart Shapiro
The Ohio State University
University of California at Irvine
Crispin Wright
New York University


Nathan Kellen
University of Connecticut
Marcus Rossberg
University of Connecticut

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Logic Group – University of Connecticut

The UConn Logic Group is proud to announce the first of its annual workshops. The workshops are organized around a researcher whose work has had a significant and lasting influence on a field of logic, broadly construed. The remaining talks, invited and selected, will be given by critics as well as contributors to the field who were influenced by the keynote speaker's work.

April 26-27, 2014, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Abstractionism / Neologicism

The first workshop in the series will focus on Abstractionism / Neologicism. Abstractionism pursues Frege's goal of finding a logical foundation for arithmetic by replacing his famously inconsistent Basic Law V with different resources: so-called abstraction principles, understood as implicit definitions. Since the 1983 publication of Crispin Wright's Frege's Conception of Numbers as Objects, there has been a wave of literature developing and criticizing this program—a wave that still has not subsided. The 2014 UConn Logic Workshop will pursue current work on this project.


Crispin Wright (N.I.P. Aberdeen, NYU)

Confirmed Speakers:

Francesca Boccuni (Milan)
Roy Cook (Minnesota)
Fernando Ferreira (Lisbon)
Richard Heck (Brown)
Kevin C. Klement (UMass–Amherst)
Graham Leach-Krouse (Kansas State)
Øystein Linnebo (Oslo, NIP Aberdeen)
Shay Logan (Minnesota)
Friederike Moltmann (Paris, NYU) — cancelled
Stewart Shapiro (OSU)
Sean Walsh (UC Irvine)

The full program is available on the conference website.


If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Marcus Rossberg: [email protected]

Registration deadline:  April 21, 2014

Please indicate:

  • day(s) of attendance;
  • interest to chair a session;
  • interest in participating in the conference dinner;
  • interest in a UConn Logic Group T-shirt.

Registration is free, but the (inexpensive) conference dinner will be at personal expense. T-shirts will be available for a small fee.

For any questions, please contact 

Marcus Rossberg: [email protected] or 
Nathan Kellen: [email protected].

The UConn Logic Group gratefully acknowledges the financial support for the workshop by the Brain Science Research Initiative, the UConn Philosophy Department  and the UConn Humanities Institute.

The UConn Logic Group (University of Connecticut Group in Philosophical and Mathematical Logic) was founded in 2008. It is an interdisciplinary research group with faculty and graduate student members from philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, psychology, and law. To find out more, please visit out website: http://logic.uconn.edu/

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