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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Abstraction: Philosophy and Mathematics", 21-23 May 2014, Oslo, NORWAY


 According to Frege, the notion of abstraction has a central role to play in a philosophical
 account of classical mathematics. For instance, Frege regarded the direction of a line as
 somehow ?abstracted from? the line in question, governed by the principle that the
 direction of one line is identical with the direction of another just in case the former line is
 parallel with the latter. Principles of this form are known as ?abstraction principles? and
 play a central role in the neo-Fregean abstractionist programme initiated by Bob Hale and
 Crispin Wright.
      This combined summer school and workshop aims to take stock of the abstractionist
 programme after three decades of intensive philosophical and technical study, as well as
 to make progress on some questions that have recently received much attention, such as
 the metaontology of abstraction and the variety of responses to the bad company
 problem, including the possibility of a more ?dynamic? approach to abstraction (recently
 advocated by ystein Linnebo, James Studd, and others), which sees abstraction as a
 process whereby ever greater domains of abstracta are ?generated?.


 Matti Eklund, Bob Hale, ystein Linnebo, Agustn Rayo, Stewart Shapiro, Crispin Wright


 A limited number of contributed papers will be accepted for presentation. For
 consideration, please submit an extended abstract or a complete paper, ready for blind
 review, to by February 15, 2014.


 This event is made possible by the generous support of Kansas State University and the
 University of Oslo.


 Wednesday, May 21

 10:00-12:00 Tutorial I: State of the Art and Metaontology of Abstraction
 14:00-17:00 Workshop

 Thursday, May 22

 10:00-12:00 Tutorial II: Abstraction Beyond Arithmetic
 14:00-17:00 Workshop

 Friday, May 23

 10:00-12:00 Tutorial III: Bad Company and Dynamic Abstraction
 14:00-17:00 Workshop

 For any questions, please contact Salvatore Florio at