Josh Parsons (Oxford) has written a widely discussed post on "The LaTeX cargo cult," explaining why he discourages philosophy students from using LaTeX. He makes some interesting points. But what he has left out is the overarching principle that you should simply always use the best tool for the purpose at hand - and "best" … Continue reading The Real Reasons Why Philosophers Shouldn’t Use LaTeX
Month: October 2014
Bringing Logic (and Philosophy, CS) to the Masses
At this year's Vienna Summer of Logic the organizers did something I haven't seen done before, and which I think should be emulated: over the course of the two weeks that 2,400 logicians were gathered in Vienna, they organized a Logic Lounge in seven instalments. For an hour each, one or more conference participants engaged … Continue reading Bringing Logic (and Philosophy, CS) to the Masses
Proof Formalization in Mathematics: Guest Post by Jeremy Avigad
There's a discussion going on at the Foundations of Mathematics mailing list about the purpose and value, actual and potential, for formalized proofs in mathematics. Harvey Friedman asked Jeremy Avigad to comment; he sent this super-useful list of references, republished here with his approval. John Harrison and I recently wrote a survey on formalized mathematics, … Continue reading Proof Formalization in Mathematics: Guest Post by Jeremy Avigad
Edward Nelson, 1932-2014
Just found out that Edward Nelson died last month. http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S41/11/36I14/index.xml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Nelson
Awodey’s “HoTT for Philosophers” on mathtube.org
Steve Awodey's talk in the Calgary Mathematics & Philosophy lecture series ("Univalence as a New Principle of Logic" aka "HoTT for Philosophers") is now up on mathtube.org.
bpextra: new version v 0.2
I've fixed a bug in bpextra.The new version can be downloaded from github. See also this issue for how to define your own deduction styles.
SotFoM II: Competing Foundations
The second installment of SotFom (Symposium on the Foundations of Math) is asking for papers by Halloween: http://sotfom.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/final-cfp-and-extended-deadline-sotfom-ii-competing-foundations-12-13-january-2015-london/ FINAL CFP and *EXTENDED DEADLINE*: SoTFoM II `Competing Foundations?’, 12-13 January 2015, London. The focus of this conference is on different approaches to the foundations of mathematics. The interaction between set-theoretic and category-theoretic foundations has had significant … Continue reading SotFoM II: Competing Foundations
Did you know? The Moritz Schlick Gesamtausgabe is available for free at the Moritz-Schlick-Forschungsstelle! Just click on the cover image to download the PDF (instead of the "order online" link). Alas, it's only in German.
Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic
If you're in that part of the world (or will be in January), you might be interested to know that registration for the 8th Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic (17-18 January 2015) is now open: The conference will be held in St. John's College, Cambridge. There will be two … Continue reading Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic
Putnam Blogging on Tarski on Truth
Hilary Putnam is writing on Tarski's theory of truth (and Field's analysis of it) at Sardonic Comment. First two blog posts are up: http://putnamphil.blogspot.ca/2014/09/first-of-series-of-posts-on-tarski-i-am.html http://putnamphil.blogspot.ca/2014/09/a-second-post-on-tarski-this-post.html
Steve Awodey gives inaugural Calgary Mathematics & Philosophy Lecture
I'm very excited that Steve Awodey is on his way here to deliver the first Calgary Mathematics & Philosophy Lecture tomorrow! He's speaking on "Univalence as a New Principle of Logic." If you're in Calgary, you should come. It'll be exciting. Thursday, 3:30 pm, in Engineering Building A aka ENA 101 on the UofC campus. … Continue reading Steve Awodey gives inaugural Calgary Mathematics & Philosophy Lecture