Submitted by Erik Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).


The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites abstracts for the following event:

Analogical Reasoning in Science and Mathematics

MCMP, LMU Munich

October 26-28, 2018

Analogy is a powerful, yet controversial, tool of scientific reasoning.  Indeed, many achievements in the history of science and mathematics have been driven by analogical inferences.  Moreover, one can formulate conjectures about domains into which one does not have empirical access just based on analogy with other known domains. Nonetheless, from a logical point of view analogical inferences do not yield conclusions with certainty.  So, what is it that justifies the use of analogy in science and mathematics?  And how reliable is analogical reasoning?  This conference will address such open philosophical problems.

Call for abstracts

We invite the submission of extended abstracts for the conference. Submissions should include a title, a brief abstract (up to 200 words), and a full abstract (up to 1000 words), blinded for peer review. They should be PDF files, submitted by July 31, 2018 to the conference’s EasyChair account.  We will select 4 submissions for presentation at the conference.
We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs.  Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. The  conference will be organized and run under the MCMP’s code of conduct.


Please send registration requests by 15 Oct 2018 to the co-chair Giovanni Valente.  The email should have the subject: “register analogical reasoning” and should indicate whether you plan to attend the conference dinner (27 Oct, 2018).  The conference dinner will cost EUR 35 (fixed menu – alcohol not included).

Dates and Deadines

Deadlines for Submission: July 31, 2018
Date of Notification: September 01, 2018
Registration Deadline: October 15th, 2018


Marianna Antonutti Marfori (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Giovanni Valente (Politecnico di Milano)
Erik Curiel (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Michele Ginammi (Department of Philosophy (KGW), University of Salzburg)
Patricia Palacios (MCMP/LMU Munich)


The conference is organized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU Munich).  The conference is partly funded by support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and from META at the Politecnico di Milano.