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MIMS Workshop on
New Directions in Philosophy of Mathematics
4 October 2008

This workshop is part of the MIMS New Directions series of workshops taking place in MIMS throughout 2008.

Mathematics and philosophy have a long history of involvement with each other. Profound changes to both disciplines have occurred through this interaction from the Greek exploration of the foundations of geometry, through the early modern philosopher-mathematicians, such as Descartes (analytic geometry) and Leibniz (calculus), to Frege and the beginnings of analytic philosophy under Russell. In recent times, however, this involvement has largely dwindled. For the most part philosophy's interest in mathematics over the past half century has been of no interest to mathematicians. There has been a growing unrest with this state of affairs, and we are beginning to see encouraging signs of efforts to bridge the gulf between these great disciplines.

The topics of these new approaches range from studies which pay close attention to the cognitive, historical, or sociological aspects of mathematical practice, through to those which see developments within recent mathematics as being of philosophical importance, whether model theory, category theory, or the current intense interaction between mathematics and physics. We would like to run a workshop to explore these themes, and to allow philosophers and mathematicians the chance to hear each other's views on the direction forward for the philosophy of mathematics.

We hope that the workshop will help to develop links between mathematicians and the academic communities in humanities and social sciences.

For more details please see the following link
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