CfA: Mathematics and Analogical Reasoning (LMU Munich, September 11-12, 2020)

Submitted by Silvia Jonas (MCMP, LMU Munich).


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

Mathematics and Analogical Reasoning

MCMP, LMU Munich

11-12 September, 2020



The goal of this conference is to investigate the role of mathematics as a heuristic device for analogical reasoning in science and philosophy.


QUESTIONS we aim to address at the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • How can a positive mathematical analogy generate support for a particular theoretical view about otherwise disconnected physical systems?
  • Can we be sure that epistemic lessons from one domain carry over to another domain, given that there are always known points of disanalogy? If so, how?
  • Does the fact that shared mathematical structures can generate new scientific insights have a bearing on (enhanced) indispensability arguments for mathematical realism?
  • How can a mathematical analogy generate understanding of one system given our understanding of the model system?
  • What is an adequate methodology for analogical reasoning about meta-empirical domains (like mathematics or ethics)?
  • Are the mathematical background assumptions of recent arguments featuring mathematical analogies plausible (specifically in light of recent pluralist developments in set theory)?


More Information is available on the conference website:


The conference also has a PhilEvents website:


In order to register please visit the conference website ( or contact Silvia Jonas ( for further information.



  • Silvia Jonas (MCMP/LMU Munich)
  • Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney/MCMP)