Philosophy of Mathematics: Sociological Aspects and Mathematical Practice
(Philosophie der Mathematik: Soziologische Aspekte und Mathematische Praxis)


Amsterdam & Utrecht, 22 & 23 April 2010

PhiMSAMP ("Philosophy of Mathematics: Sociological Aspects and Mathematical Practice") is an international research network funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and coordinated from Bonn, Amsterdam and Utrecht aiming to combine tools from sociology, psychology, educational studies, history and other subjects to provide a philosophy of mathematics that has a closer affinity to actual mathematical research practice than the traditional foundationalist philosophies.

The network worked on this from 2006 to 2010 during a number of workshops and conferences; one main result of this work is a volume published in the series "Texts in Philosophy". This volume will be presented to the public at the event.

The event is organised under the auspices of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Logica en Wijsbegeerte der Exacte Wetenschappen (VvL) and will include its 2010 annual member meeting. It will take place in Amsterdam on Thursday and in Utrecht on Friday. All philosophers and logicians are cordially invited to attend (no registration necessary).


Thursday 22 April
Location. VOC-Zaal, Oude Hoogstraat 24, Amsterdam. (About 10 minutes walking distance from Amsterdam Centraal Station.)
16:30-17:30 Mathematical Argumentation and the Toulmin Model
Brendan Larvor
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom
17:45-18:45 Gender and Mathematics—Gender Competence as an Element of Teacher Education
Andrea Blunck
Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Friday 23 April
Location. Hoog Brabant, Radboudkwartier 23, Utrecht. (Inside the shopping mall Hoog Catharijne connected to the Utrecht Centraal Station.)
11:15-12:15 Cultures of Calculation: Risk and Portfolio Management
Herbert Kalthoff
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
12:15-13:45 Member Meeting of the Vereniging voor Logica including lunch.
13:45-14:15 A socio-empirically informed concept of mathematical beauty
Eva Müller-Hill & Susanne Spies
Universität Köln, Cologne, Germany & Universität Siegen, Siegen, Germany
14:15-15:00 The PhiMSAMP Network and the PhiMSAMP volume
Benedikt Löwe
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
15:00-15:15Coffee Break
15:15-15:45 Loss of Vision: How Mathematics turned blind while it learned to see more clearly
Dirk Schlimm
McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
15:45-16:15 The cognitive basis of arithmetic
Hansjörg Neth
Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin, Germany
16:15-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-17:30 On a Pluralist Approach to Proof in Mathematics (abstract)
Michèle Friend
George Washington University, Washington DC, U.S.A.


We have arranged accommodation for the invited speakers and the members of the PhiMSAMP network in the following hotels in Amsterdam. If we booked your hotel, you have received an e-mail message with the booking details. All hotels are within five minutes walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station (and from each other).