CfA: HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!” (University of Duesseldorf, August 22-26, 2022, Deadline: June 1, 2022)

Submitted by Deniz Sarikaya (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Call for Applications:
HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the Armchair?!”
Aug 22-26, 2022, in Düsseldorf, Germany

Application deadline: 1st June, 2022 (you will get notified a few days later)
Info and Application:

The HHU Summer School “Philosophy of Mathematics Beyond the
Armchair?!” aims at gathering young scholars with an interest into the
philosophy of mathematics who want to explore new and innovative
methodologies. Current trends show that philosophers of mathematics
see the potential in applying various methods from other disciplines
such as large corpus analyses, interview studies, or psychological
experiments. We offer a platform to educate the upcoming generation in
those methods. It should be noted that those methods are in principle
valuable for other fields of philosophy as well.

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 criticized 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
in which we see an excellent opportunity to integrate young scholars
into the field.

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.

Our list of instructors and lecturers includes:

  • Bernhard Fisseni (Duisburg-Essen)
  • Karen François (CLPS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Benedikt Löwe (Hamburg, Amsterdam & Cambridge)
  • Ursula Martin (Edinburgh & Oxford)
  • Mikkel Willum Johansen (Copenhagen)
  • Helena Mihaljević (HTW Berlin)
  • Bernhard Schröder (Duisburg-Essen)
  • Henrik Kragh Sørensen (Copenhagen)
  • Roy Wagner (ETH Zurich) (TBC)

Covid-19: This event is planned as an in-person event to support
learning and social interaction between the participants. However, if
any measures are required in summer, the event might turn into a
hybrid event.

Application: We welcome applications from external students (MA and
PhD students). Apply with a short letter of motivation (200-400 words)
and your CV using the form on our website: .
There is no participation fee. However, participants will need to
cover their travel and accommodation expenses. We especially encourage
members of underrepresented groups to apply.
If you do not want to use the form, or if you have any questions,
please contact Deborah Kant (
Organisation: 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 Philosophy of
Science, and by Christoph Kann (Düsseldorf).

We are looking forward to your applications!
Paul Hasselkuß, Deborah Kant, and Deniz Sarikaya