Between Formal and Informal Methods in Philosophy

September 20, 2021 - September 21, 2021

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Keynote speakers:

Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
CUNY Graduate Center


Warsaw University
University of Lodz
University of Warsaw

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Workshop "Between Formal and Informal Methods in Philosophy"

September 20-21, 2021. This is an online-event (Zoom). Further instructions and access information will be sent to registered participants.


·Sven Ove Hansson (Royal Institute of Technology)

·Hannes Leitgeb (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP), LMU Munich)

·Stephen Neale (The City University of New York)

·Majid D. Beni (Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan)

·Andrew Brenner (Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University)

·Ludovica Conti (University of Pavia)

·Kim Davies (University of Durham)

·Matteo De Benedetto (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP), LMU Munich)

·Evelyn Erickson (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and University of Bergen)

·Michael Glanzberg (Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University)

·Paul Irikefe (Cardiff University)

·Jitka Paitlová (The Institute of Philosophy University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)

·Jonas Raab (University of Manchester)

·Lorenzo Rossi (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP), LMU Munich)

·David Thorstad (Oxford University)

·Tomasz Szymon Zyglewicz (The City University of New York)

The last decade had shown that philosophers became more aware of the importance of finding an adequate methodology of philosophy. This is partly reflected in the growing number of works, which aim to consider the tension between what seems to be excluding alternatives approaches towards this problem. Thus, there are debates over adequacy, limits, and applications of formal and informal methods, naturalism and anti-naturalism, experimental and armchair philosophy. Importantly, this resulted not merely in vivid metaphilosophical debates over competitive approaches towards methods of philosophy but also in the development of new approaches towards particular ‘old’ philosophical questions. Hence, one notices a growing number of formal analyses of the key philosophical notions of truth, belief, existence, imagination, or modality, as well as a growing number of experimental research. On the other hand, others argue that blindly applied formal methods can result in oversimplifying the subject of philosophical investigation and that the application of experimental methods in philosophy results in changing the ‘love of wisdom’ into the ‘love of surveys.’ Finally, others question the very idea that there is only one correct method of doing philosophy. Our workshop aims to give a platform to discuss these issues.


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The deadline for registrations is September 12, 2021.

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