Philosophy, Mathematics, Linguistics: Aspects of Interaction 2014 (PhML-2014)

International interdisciplinary conference, April 21–25, 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

Conference Description

The conference Philosophy, Mathematics, Linguistics: Aspects of Interaction 2014 (PhML-2014) will be held on April 21–25, 2014 at the Euler International Mathematical Institute (EIMI), which is a research unit of the St. Petersburg Department of Steklov Institute of Mathematics (PDMI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The conference PhML-2014 is endorsed by the American National Committee of the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (DLMPS) of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS), the Japan Association for Philosophy of Science, the Swedish National Committee for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science.

The conference PhML-2014 is a sequel in the series of conferences intended to provide a forum for philosophers, mathematicians, linguists, logicians, and computer scientists who share an interest in cross-disciplinary research. The success of previous conferences in the series PhML clearly reveals the need for the scientific community in a broad dialogue between representatives of sciences and humanities due to the increasing mathematization of scientific knowledge. The offensive of mathematization is manifested in constant expansion of application areas of mathematics which are penetrating today not only into natural sciences and technologies, but also into the humanities. Such an intervention of mathematics shows that “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in natural sciences noted by Wigner, is manifested also in the humanities, such as philosophy and linguistics. The conference PhML-2014 will be programmed with a special emphasis on complexity studies in different perspectives.

The conference will have plenary sessions to present the latest researches. In addition to plenary sessions, the conference will feature a panel discussion entitled "Understanding complexity in cross-disciplinary research". Apart from plenary sessions, there will also be parallel sessions of thematic sections to present contributed papers.

Presentations should be given in English, although the working languages of the conference are English and Russian. The standard presentation equipment (computer, beamer, overhead projector, blackboard etc.) will be available.

Program Committee

  • Toshiyasu Arai, Chiba University
  • Edward Hirsch, PDMI RAS
  • Wilfrid Hodges, Queen Mary University of London
  • Rosalie Iemhoff, Utrecht University
  • Makoto Kanazawa, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Alexander Leitsch, Vienna University of Technology
  • Angus Macintyre, Queen Mary University of London
  • Klaus Mainzer, University of Munich
  • Per Martin-Löf, Stockholm University
  • Ivan Mikirtumov, St. Petersburg State University
  • Grigori Mints, University of Stanford – chair
  • Grigory Olkhovikov, Ural Federal University
  • Vladimir Orevkov, PDMI RAS
  • Rohit Parikh, The City University of New York
  • Barbara Partee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Dag Prawitz, Stockholm University
  • Oleg Prosorov, PDMI RAS
  • Michael Rathjen, University of Leeds
  • Andrei Rodin, Institute of Philosophy RAS, St. Petersburg State University
  • Vladimir Rybakov, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Vladislav Shaposhnikov, Moscow State University
  • Albert Visser, Utrecht University

Organizing Committee

  • Vladimir Orevkov, PDMI RAS
  • Oleg Prosorov, PDMI RAS – chair
  • Andrei Rodin, Institute of Philosophy RAS, St. Petersburg State University
  • Maxim Vsemirnov, PDMI RAS

Plenary Sessions

  • Elena Dragalina-Chernaya (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
  • Gregory A. Chaitin (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Dmitry Grigoryev, CNRS, Université Lille 1
  • Yuri Gurevich, Microsoft Research
  • Klaus Mainzer, University of Munich
  • Yuri Manin, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik, Bonn
  • Grigori Mints, University of Stanford
  • Alexey Parshin, Steklov Institute of Mathematics RAS, Moscow
  • Oleg Prosorov, PDMI RAS
  • Andrei Rodin, Institute of Philosophy RAS, St. Petersburg State University
  • Anatol Slissenko, LACL, Université Paris-Est Créteil
  • Vladimir L. Vasyukov (Institute of Philosophy RAS, Moscow)
  • Nikolai Vavilov, St. Petersburg State University
  • Anatoly Vershik, PDMI RAS

Each presentation of a plenary paper is allotted 55 min, which includes 10 min for questions and discussion.

Panel Discussion

The conference will feature a panel discussion entitled “Understanding complexity in cross-disciplinary research” allotted up to 90 min. In a plenary session, various aspects of complexity in mathematics, natural sciences and humanities will be discussed. The format of panel discussion includes an exchange of views between the discussants and the audience. Discussion will be led by Klaus Mainzer (University of Munich).

Thematic Sessions

Apart from plenary sessions, there will also be parallel thematic sessions to present contributed papers. For presentation at thematic sessions, the conference announces the Call for Papers on original and unpublished research relating to the interplay between philosophy, mathematics and linguistics. Each presentation of a contributed paper is allotted 25 min, including 5 min for questions.

Presentations of contributed papers are organized into sections:

  • Philosophical insights into logic and mathematics;
  • Mathematical and logical methods in philosophy and in sciences of language.


The Proceedings of PhML-2014, including both invited and contributed papers, will be published before the meeting as a volume in the EIMI's local series and distributed to the participants. It is planned that selected papers will be published by an international publishing house as a special post-conference issue. At present, a volume of Proceedings of the previous conference PhML-2012 is being prepared for the College Publications' series "Studies in Logic".

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: March 1st, 2014
  • Extended notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2014
  • Final date for camera-ready copy: March 31st, 2014
  • Conference starts: April 21st, 2014

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