Philosophical roots of mathematical logic

April 4, 2022 - April 6, 2022
Department of Philosophy and Education, University of Turin

Via Verdi 8

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  • Programma "Rita Levi Montalcini" (MIUR), CNRS


University of Amsterdam
University of Turin
Università degli Studi di Milano
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Scuola Normale Superiore
Università degli Studi di Firenze
University of Helsinki
University Tübingen
University of California, Irvine
Universität-GH Paderborn
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Tallinn Technical University
University of California, Riverside
Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena
University of Helsinki
University of Vienna
McGill University
Carnegie Mellon University
École Normale Supérieure


University of Turin
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Universitat de Barcelona

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Nineteenth-century logic is known to have relied heavily on the background of post-Kantian philosophy to address issues such as the investigation of the conditions of thought, the characterization of abstract objects, the delimitation of objective from subjective knowledge,  the systematic of scientific methodologies. The philosophical tradition of logic overlapped with the development of modern mathematical logic from the first versions of the algebra of logic in the mid nineteenth-century until inquiries into the logical foundations of mathematics from the early 1930s. This very fact strongly suggests that there might have been significant intersections between what appear now as separate disciplines, and raises the question of whether philosophical roots can be traced in the development of mathematical logic. Several studies have shed light on the philosophical background of key figures in the history of modern logic, including Richard Dedekind, Gottlob Frege, Charles Sanders Peirce. And it has been shown that even some of the main proponents of the modern conception, such as Russell and Carnap, engaged with philosophical conceptions of logic in the wake of the nineteenth-century tradition at least for part of their works. However, much remains to be investigated.

The aim of this conference is to foster further exchanges between those who are doing scholarly research on the history of logic in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from various perspectives, including those who focus on the philosophical tradition of the nineteenth century and its developments in neo-Kantianism and phenomenology, historians of logic and of related mathematical disciplines, as well as philosophers who are interested in the epistemological issues surrounding modern mathematical logic.

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