Announcement and Call for Papers

Conference „Numbers and truth – the philosophy and mathematics of

arithmetic and truth”

Gothenburg, Sweden, October 19-21, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the conference „Numbers and truth –

the philosophy and mathematics of arithmetic and truth” (http://

http://www.numbersandtruth.org/) will be held at the University of

Gothenburg, Sweden, on October 19-21, 2012. Its main objective is to

permit an exchange of ideas between truth theorists, philosophers and

mathematicians interested in the foundations of mathematics. It will

give the researchers an opportunity both to present technical results

and to diagnose their philosophical significance.

General description

Natural numbers belong to the most commonly known mathematical

entities and are studied and discussed from various angles.

Philosophers, mathematicians, cognitive scientists, computer

scientists among others conduct research having for its aim a deeper

understanding of these objects. The present conference “Numbers and

truth” will contribute to these efforts and bring together researchers

and traditions from all these areas to construct common ground for new

research.

Within recent philosophy of mathematics a couple of competitive

philosophical schools came to the foreground; importantly,

structuralism and neo-Fregeanism. Both of them espouse realism about

mathematical objects: these objects exist independently of our minds.

In addition, both espouse realism about truth: arithmetical sentences

have objective truth values. In this context a natural question arises

whether theories of arithmetical truth provide us a better

understanding of what is true of natural numbers, and in consequence,

of what natural numbers are. What is the relation between a choice of

a particular conception of arithmetical truth and one’s overall

standpoint in the philosophy of mathematics, or maybe even one’s

preferred way of doing mathematics? On a general level, the aim of the

conference is to address issues of this sort. This will be achieved by

bringing together both the acknowledged experts and outstanding

younger researchers, in order to facilitate discussion between

philosophers of mathematics, truth theorists and mathematicians.

The conference will contain 10 invited and 4 contributed talks.

The invited speakers who have confirmed their participation are (in

alphabetic order):

• Martin Fischer (Munich)

• Volker Halbach (Oxford)

• Leon Horsten (Bristol)

• Richard Kaye (Birmingham)

• Juliette Kennedy (Helsinki)

• Roman Kossak (New York)

• Rafał Urbaniak (Ghent)

• Sean Walsh (London/Irvine)

• Konrad Zdanowski (Warsaw)

Submissions Details

We invite submissions presenting novel contributions to the area of

philosophy of mathematics, arithmetic together with its meta-

mathematics and model theory, and formal theory of truth. Both

philosophical and technical submissions are welcome; especially ones

contributing to the discussion of how truth in mathematics should be

properly explained.

Extended abstracts of 3-4 pages should be emailed as attached pdf

files to the address organizers@numbersandtruth.org. Abstracts for

submission should be prepared for double-blind reviewing, please

remove names and affiliations, and any other identifying material.

Contact details should be given separately. Presentations should not

exceed 45 minutes, including discussion time. The deadline for

submitting extended abstracts is August 1, 2012.

The organizers will cover the cost of accommodation and dinners for

all contributed speakers.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: August 1, 2012

Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2012

Conference: October 19-21, 2012

Contact: organizers@numbersandtruth.org

Conference Website: http://www.numbersandtruth.org/

Organizers: Fredrik Engström (Gothenburg), Cezary Cieśliński (Warsaw),

and Paula Quinon (Lund)

Sponsors: Wenner-Gren Foundations and the Department of Philosophy,

Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg.