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CfP: Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics Annual Meeting at the 2016 CHSS

Call for Abstracts

Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics Annual Meeting
University of Calgary, May 29-31, 2016

Special Session: Mathematics and Logic in the 19th and 20th Century

Kenneth May Lecturer: Dr. Jamie Tappenden, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan

The CSHPM will be holding its 2016 Annual Meeting at the University of Calgary in conjunction with the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The meeting will be held Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31, 2016.

Members are invited to present papers on any subject relating to the history of mathematics, its use in the teaching of mathematics, the philosophy of mathematics, or a related topic. Talks in either English or French are welcome.

Please send your title and abstract (200 words or less) in Word or in the body of an email by February 1, 2016 to:

For the Special Session:

Thomas Drucker
Department of Mathematics
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

For the General Session:

Eisso Atzema
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

CfP: Bertrand Russell Society at the Central APA

Call for Papers and Abstracts

Bertrand Russell Session
at the American Philosophy Association Central Meeting

Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois
March 2 – 5, 2016

The Bertrand Russell Society is pleased to announce the Bertrand Russell Session, to be held at the APA Central 2016 meeting. We welcome submissions in any area of Russell’s philosophy broadly construed. These areas can include, but are not limited to, Russell’s work in or influence on logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of education, or ethics. Submissions focussing more generally on Russell’s place in the history of philosophy are also welcome.

Guidelines: Presentations should be prepared for no more than 20 minutes. Submissions can either be full papers or abstracts. Preference will be given to full papers. Please prepare submissions for blind review and include a separate document that includes: the paper title, author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information.

Deadline: Please email submissions to by November 10, 2015.

BRS website

CfP: Ernst Mach Centenary Conference 2016

Ernst Mach (1838-1916) – Life, Work, and Influence

International Conference on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Institute Vienna Circle (

Location: University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences

Date: June 16-18, 2016

We invite the submission of contributed papers and proposals for symposia for the international “Ernst Mach Centenary Conference”. Contributions related to one ore more of the subsequent sections are welcome. Conference languages: English, German, French.

The Program Committee encourages especially submissions from women and junior scholars from all fields and countries. Limited financial support for travel and a reduced registration fee for graduate students will be provided. Related questions can be directed to the local organizer Friedrich Stadler:

Proposal for individual papers (Word or pdf format) should contain:

  • Title and abstract (1000 characters) and extended abstract (1000 words) of the paper. In the case of papers dealing with related topics we welcome the submission of proposals for symposia. All titles and abstracts for individual papers in the symposium should be included in the submission. (Each symposium will be allotted 120 minutes).
  • Address of the speaker(s) incl. email, phone and institutional affiliation

Submission to:, subject: “Mach Centenary Conference 2016”. Please prepare your submission for blind review.

The time unit for one paper is 40 minutes (max. 30 minutes speaking time). A selection of contributed papers and symposia will appear as a volume with Springer Publisher.

  • Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2016
  • Date of notifications: March 15, 2016

Registration required (fees to be announced in time):

  • Early registration deadline: April 30, 2016
  • Online registration deadline: June 15, 2016
  • Conference website: tba

Main Organizers:

  • University of Vienna, Institute Vienna Circle, Faculty of Philosophy and Education, together with other Faculties to be announced.
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Together with: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin Deutsches Museum (German Museum), Munich Masaryk University, Brno / Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Program Committee: Members of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook (Springer) and Editors of the Ernst Mach Studienausgabe / Ernst Mach Edition


  1. Ernst Mach’s Life and Work in Context
  2. Mach as a Physicist and the Physicists of his Time: Planck, Boltzmann, Einstein …
  3. Mach, Biology, and the Life Sciences: Darwinism, Lamarckism, Theory of Evolution
  4. Mach and Physiology, Psychology, Psychoanalysis
  5. Mach and the Medical Sciences, esp. the Vienna School of Medicine
  6. Mach and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS, Historical Epistemology)
  7. Mach, Didactics, and Pedagogy: Textbooks, Genetic Theory of Learning
  8. Mach and „Austrian Philosophy“: F. Brentano, E. Husserl, L. Wittgenstein, K. Popper …
  9. Mach and the Vienna Circle/Ernst Mach Society, esp. M. Schlick (1882-1936).
  10. Mach and Pragmatism: Ch.S. Peirce, W. James, J. Dewey and The Monist
  11. Mach, the Social Sciences, and Politics (W.I. Lenin, F. Adler and Austro-Marxism)
  12. Mach, Literature, Music, and the Arts (Impressionism, „Jung Wien”, R. Musil etc.)
  13. Open Section: Topics not covered above

Special Symposium: E. Mach, P. Duhem and French Philosophy of Science. On the Occasion of the Centenary of Pierre Duhem’s Death (1861-1916)

CFP: Women in Early Analytical Philosophy (Ghent, October 2015)

Women in Early Analytical Philosophy

5 October, 2015, Ghent University, in collaboration with the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy.

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Julia Driver (WashU, St. Louis)
Anna Brozek (Cracow)

We invite abstracts (500 words) for papers to be presented at a workshop on any topic pertaining to women in early analytical philosophy. By ‘early’ we mean roughly through 1950.

The main aim is of the workshop is to better understand the extent and substance of women’s neglected contribution to analytical philosophy. We welcome papers on, for example, individual women and groups of women; we also welcome papers on the role of gender & sexuality in early analytical philosophy.

PhD students and early career scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

We hope to publish a selection of papers in the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy.

Conference hosts: Maria Van der Schaar (Leiden) & Eric Schliesser (Gent/Amsterdam)

Please send an abstract to Eric Schliesser <> by 28 July, 2015.

New in JHAP: Thomas Uebel on American Pragmatism and the Vienna Circle: The Early Years

Read the full paper on the JHAP website (open access)!
Discussions of the relation between pragmatism and logical empiricism tend to focus on the period when the logical empiricists found themselves in exile, mostly in the United States, and then attempt to gauge the actual extent of their convergence. My concern lies with the period before that and the question whether pragmatism had an earlier influence on the development of logical empiricism, especially on the thought of the former members of the “first” Vienna Circle. I argue for a substantially qualified affirmative answer.

History of Analytic at the Pacific APA

SSHAP is organizing a session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA next week in Vancouver, in the group program on Thursday, April 2, 6-9 pm:

G5M Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy
Topic: Analytic Rigor and Scientific Ambition: Wissenschaftlichkeit in the History of Analytic Philosophy
Chair: John Woods (University of British Columbia)
Speakers: David Sullivan (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
“An Odd Interval: Before the Rise of Scientific Philosophy”
Audrey Yap (University of Victoria)
“Carnap, Structuralism, and the Axiomatic Method”
Sean Morris (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
“Russell, Idealism, and the Emergence of Scientific Philosophy”
Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia)
“The Rise of Scientific Philosophy and the Decline of Scientific Philosophy: Forging the American Consensus on ‘Analytic Philosophy’ circa 1950”

Other sessions of interest:

Wednesday, April 1, morning, 9-noon:

1K Colloquium: Peirce
Chair: Sharyn Clough (Oregon State University)
Speaker: Frederic R. Kellogg (George Washington University)
“The Social Dimension of Logical Induction: Law and Science in the Formative Years of Pragmatism” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: J. M. Fritzman (Lewis & Clark College)
Chair: Robert Brain (University of British Columbia)
Speaker: Bernard Linsky (University of Alberta)
“Peirce’s Law from The Principles of Mathematics to Principia Mathematica[abstract + preprint]
Commentator: Owen Anderson (Arizona State University)

Thursday, April 2, morning, 9-noon:

4A Book Symposium: Greg Frost-Arnold, Carnap, Tarski, and Quine at Harvard: Conversations on Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Chair: Alexei Angelides (Stanford University)
Speakers: Richard Creath (Arizona State University)
Gary Ebbs (Indiana University Bloomington)
Greg Lavers (Concordia University)
Greg Frost-Arnold (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

Thursday, April 2, early evening, 4-6:

6C Invited Paper: History and Philosophy of Mathematics
Chair: Audrey Yap (University of Victoria)
Speaker: Janet Folina (Macalester College)
“Poincaré and Structuralism in the Philosophy of Mathematics”
Commentators: Nicolas Fillion (Simon Fraser University)
Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia)

Friday, April 3, morning, 9-noon:

7G Invited Symposium: Philosophy and Geometry
Chair: Richard Zach (University of Calgary)
Speakers: Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech)
“Geometry and Physics in the Nineteenth Century” [abstract]
John Mumma (California State University, San Bernardino)
“Intuitions, Axioms, and Euclid’s Diagrammatic Proof Method”
Dirk Schlimm (McGill University)

Friday, April 4, afternoon, 1-4:

8F Invited Symposium: Wittgenstein’s ‘Picture Theory’
Chair: Boris Kment (Princeton University)
Speakers: Gregory Landini (University of Iowa)
“Structured Variables in the Tractatus” [abstract]
Mathieu Marion (Université du Québec à Montréal)
“Mathematics and the Picture Theory”
Susan G Sterrett (Wichita State University)
“Pictures, Models, and Measures”
Chon Tejedor (University of Hertfordshire and Oxford University)
“Picturing and Purpose in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Friday, April 3, early evening, 4-6

9F Colloquium: Peirce on Signs
Chair: Samuel Henry (University of Chicago)
Speaker: Marc Champagne (University of Helsinki)
“Poinsot Versus Peirce on the Possibility of Complete Iconicity” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: James Crippen (California State University, Fullerton)
Chair: Shigeyuki Atarashi (Doshisha University)
Speaker: Jeffrey Downard (Northern Arizona University)
“Peirce’s Icon and the Essential Triad” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: William James McCurdy (Idaho State University)


New issue and changes at JHAP

We’re delighted to announce the publication of a new issue of JHAP.

After three years of operation, JHAP is also pleased to welcome five new associate editors and to feature a new Reviews section. Gary Ebbs, Kevin C Klement, Lydia Patton, Marcus Rossberg, and Audrey Yap are our new associate editors, in addition to Greg Frost-Arnold, Henry Jackman, Mark Textor, and Richard Zach. Sandra Lapointe remains editor in chief. The Reviews section is managed by Juliet Floyd, Chris Pincock, and Sean Morris.

The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia: Deadline Extended

Submissions of extended abstracts (of 1500 words max) for presentation at the conference “The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia” are invited. The conference will explore the  connections between the history, members and philosophy of the Vienna Circle and the Czechoslovak region, and take place from 26th to 28th February 2015 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. It is organized by the Institute Vienna Circle at the University of Vienna and the Research Centre for Theory and Histoy of Science at the University of West Bohemia. Free registration is opened on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is extended to 15th December 2014.

For more information on the conference, please see the conference website.