CFP: Greek Geometrical Analysis: Problems and Prospects

Submission deadline: November 30, 2019

Conference date(s):
March 4, 2020 - March 6, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Philosophies & Rationalités center (PHIER), Université Clermont Auvergne

Topic areas


Lately, there have been a number of studies of the significance, language, and logic of the method of analysis and synthesis in Greek geometry (Netz 2000, Menn 2002, Fournarakis and Christianidis 2006, Graziani 2007, Acerbi 2011, Saito and Sidoli 2010, Sidoli 2018). The aim of this conference is to try to take stock of these studies from a multidisciplinary perspective (philosophy, history of mathematics, and logic). We welcome abstracts on any of (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • History of philosophy: ancients philosophical accounts of Greek geometrical analysis (Plato, Aristotle, Aristotelian tradition, Proclus), Arabic tradition, modern account (Descartes, Newton, Leibniz)
  • Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics: the exploration of the connections between our topic and heuristics, diagrammatic reasoning, and modern logic (sequent calculus, intuitionistic type theory)
  • History of ancient mathematics: the language of givens, mathematical and meta-mathematical formulae in Geometric analysis’ extant examples, continuity and rupture in the evolution of the method of analysis from Archimedes to Diophantus.

Confirmed speakers:

  1. Ken Saito (Osaka Prefecture University)
  2. Jean Christianidis (University of Athens)
  3. Micheline Decorps-Foulquier (University of Clermont Auvergne)

Call for papers

We invite researchers working on the topic and interested in giving a talk to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words and a short CV to Gianluca Longa ([email protected]). 

Deadline: November 30th, 2019.

Notification of acceptance: we will notify authors of the decision regarding their paper by Mid-December.

Attendance is free of charge, and lunch and coffee will be served along with a complimentary dinner.

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