Summerschool on experimental methods in the philosophy of mathematics. 22th – 26th August 2022, in-person at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany.


An already established strand in the philosophy of mathematics integrates social aspects of mathematics into philosophical thoughts, because traditional philosophical approaches focusing exclusively on the nature of mathematics by excluding all human aspects were often enough criticised as being too idealized and far from reality. Prominently, Lakatos, Davis and Hersh, and Mancosu set the stage for an engaged investigation of mathematical practice beyond the armchair. But still today, the methodology for investigating mathematical practices as well as the philosophical scope of questions addressing social and practical aspects are not fixed and a lot of scholars try to settle these issues. This is the contemporary research background that the summer school explores.

During five days, the schedule will be split into a morning and afternoon session in which internationally highly reputed lecturers offer courses presenting their methods of expertise. The students will have the possibility to apply the methods and study the practical details. In some evening lectures, we will reflect on the limits and potential of empirical methods for the philosophy of mathematics together with prominent philosophers of mathematics. Further, a social get-together and an afternoon excursion is planned to guarantee exchange between the participants.




The summer school is organised by Paul Hasselkuß (Düsseldorf), Deborah Kant (Hamburg), and Deniz Sarikaya (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). It is hosted and supported by Heinrich Heine University, and supported by Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the German Society for Analytic Philosophy, the German Society for Philosophy of Science, and by Christoph Kann (Düsseldorf).

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