Mathematics and its Applications: Philosophical Issues

September 23, 2019 - September 24, 2019
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds

Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Centre Seminar Room 1, 3:01 Clothworkers South Building
Clothworkers South Building
Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom


  • British Academy
  • Aristotelian Society
  • British Society for the Philosophy of Science


University of Leeds
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
University of Bristol
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of York
Stockholm University
Ohio State University



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The problem of applicability is daunting and multifaceted, and much about it remains unclear. As such, it has become peripheral in recent philosophy of mathematics, making way for work on a variety of smaller, more tractable issues. Significant progress has been made on at least four of these issues in recent years, presenting the opportunity to forge links between them. These issues are: extra-mathematical explanation; intra-mathematical explanation; mathematics in scientific representation; and the cognitive benefits of mathematical thought, notation, and practice. It is time to capitalise on this progress.

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