Philosophy of mathematics: history, theories and practice

First Graduate Conference of the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics –


13-14 July 2017
University of Trento, Trento, Italy

Supported by:
Department of Humanities and Philosophy, University of Trento
Department of Mathematics, University of Trento

In collaboration with:
School of Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia

Invited speakers

Vincenzo De Risi (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)
Gabriel Uzquiano (University of Southern California)

Call for abstracts 

The FilMat network promotes workshops and conferences open to Italian and international researchers in the philosophy of mathematics. To emphasise its attention to those at early stages of their careers, the network is glad to inaugurate, in addition to its biennial main conferences, its first graduate conference. We expect to host up to 6/8 contributed talks by graduate and early career speakers of any nationality, selected by double-blind review. Submissions of original contributions are invited in any area of philosophy of mathematics, especially if connected with philosophical issues in the history of mathematics, the structure and development of mathematical theories, and the relationship between philosophical issues and mathematical practice.

Abstracts must be written in English, and have a *maximum length of 1500 words (references included)*, and should be prepared for blind-review, with all identifying details (name, affiliation, email and abstract title) in a separate file. Submissions should be sent in .pdf format. Contributed papers should be emailed to
Deadline for submission is April 3rd, 2017.

The conference will be entirely held in English.

In order to maximize feedback to speakers, the Q&A will be stimulated by attending members among the steering and scientific committees

Important dates
Deadline for submission: April 3rd, 2017.
Expected notification of acceptance: May 15th, 2017.
Conference dates: July 13-14, 2017.

Practical information about the conference venue and accommodation (special fares will be available) will be posted in due time on the conference website.

Attendance is free and no registration is required. For organizational reasons registration by email before the June 30th is welcomed. Participation can be confirmed by writing



Conference scientific committee

Patricia Blanchette (University of Notre Dame)
Francesca Boccuni (San Raffaele University)
Laura  Crosilla (University of Leeds)
Pieranna Garavaso (University of Minnesota, Morris)
Øystein Linnebo (University of Oslo)
Gabriele Lolli (Accademia delle Scienze di Torino)
Sara Negri (University of Helsinki)
Marco Panza (IHPST, Paris 1 / Chapman)
Mario Piazza (University of Chieti-Pescara)
Matteo Plebani (University of Santiago de Compostela)
Francesca Poggiolesi (IHPST, CNRS Paris 1)
Luca San Mauro (Vienna University of Technology)
Giorgio Venturi (University of Campinas)

Steering Committee

Paola Giacomoni (University of Trento)
Claudio Fontanari (University of Trento)
Andrea Sereni (IUSS Pavia)
Achille Varzi (Columbia University)

Springer FilMat Volume

The FilMat network is proud to announce the publication of its first official volume in the Springer’s series Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science:

Objectivity, Realism and Proof. FilMat Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics (eds. Francesca Boccuni, Andrea Sereni)


Here you can find the online version with some free content available, while here you can find the hardback and ebook edition on sale. You can have a glimpse at the content here, by checking out the freely available content (including, Preface, Table of Contents, Introduction, and the “In memoriam of Aldo Antonelli” contribution by Andrew Arana and Curtis Franks)

We wish to thank all the contributing authors, and, once more, we are honored to be hosting one of the most recent contributions by Aldo Antonelli, and we are grateful to all those who made possible to pay due homage to his memory and his work.

FilMat 2016

The FilMat network is pleased to announce its second international conference,  Philosophy of mathematics: truth, existence, and explanation that will take place on May 26-28 2016 in Chieti at the University of Chieti-Pescara.

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Conference website

Please, visit the conference website for the call for papers, the program, directions to University of Chieti-Pescara, and for suggestions of suitable accommodations.

FilMat 2016

The FilMat network is now promoting its second international conference, Philosophy of mathematics: truth, existence and explanation, that will take place on May 26-28, 2016 at University of Chieti-Pescara.

Conference website

Please, visit the conference website for the call for papers, the program, directions to University of Chieti-Pescara, and for suggestions of suitable accommodations.


Aldo Antonelli (1962-2015)

We were profoundly sad to learn the Aldo Antonelli prematurely passed away on October 11, 2015. He was the nicest person and an outstanding philosopher of mathematics and logic. 

We at the FilMat Network are extremely indebted to him for his precious participation to our first conference and for his continuous support to our activities. It is a great loss for all of us.


Gian Aldo Antonelli received his undergraduate degree (Laurea) from the University of Turin in 1986, at the age of 24. In the course of his studies, he wrote a thesis on the philosophy of language, supervised by Diego Marconi, and at the same time developed a keen interest in mathematical logic, thanks in part to his teacher Gabriele Lolli. After a brief period at Olivetti, he decided to pursue a course of graduate education in philosophy and logic in the U.S.A. He subsequently received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, under the supervision of Nuel Belnap, with a dissertation on non-monotonic logics. He went on to teach at various universities in Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Yale, Stanford, Michigan, UC Irvine, and UC Davis. During the period 2004-2006, he returned to Italy to direct the Rome/Siena Study Center of the University of California.

He is the author of an impressive number of scholarly articles, many in the leading international journals of logic and philosophy of logic and mathematics, including the Journal of Symbolic Logic, the Journal of Philosophy, the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, Philosophia Mathematica, and Synthese. He was an active member of the Association of Symbolic Logic and a founder of its most recent journal, the Review of Symbolic Logic. He also helped to found (with great passion and commitment) the Italian network for the philosophy of mathematics, FilMat.

He contributed significantly to the study of non-monotonic and free logics, as well as that of generalized quantifiers and the axiomatization of game theory. He also contributed significantly to the revitalization of Frege’s program for the foundations of arithmetic. His article “Frege’s Other Program” (Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 2005), written with his friend and colleague Robert May, remains essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how arithmetic could be grounded on a theory of concepts using an extension of second-order logic. He did not, however, embrace the neo-logicist perspective.

Discussing logic and philosophy with him was an enormous pleasure. He knew how to focus on what was essential, with the clarity of someone who could master intricate technicalities at a glance, but to move beyond this technical understanding, though using it, when necessary, as a means to explain and describe. He was never satisfied with an answer until he had completely understood the underlying problem in all its detail.

Aldo was sincere and generous with his time and his knowledge. He was also affectionate and calm, witty, and always a genuine friend. A short while ago, he realized a long-held dream of owning a white, powerful Moto Guzzi motor-bike, of which he was very proud and with which he was looking forward to exploring California and places beyond. He moved to UC Davis to be close to his partner, with whom he shared his passion for philosophy of mathematics and logic.

Aldo’s zest for life, his will to understand, his teaching, his desire to help others become better teachers, and the nature of his friendship, will all be remembered. We pass on our sincere condolences to his partner, Elaine, and to his brother David, sons Federico and Riccardo, and their mother Giovanna Fogli.

FilMat 2014


The FilMat network is pleased to announce its first international conference,  Philosophy of mathematics: objectivity, cognition, and proof, that will take place on May 29-31 2014 at San Raffaele University, Milan.

Conference website

Please, visit the conference website for detailed information on the conference, for conference programme and abstracts, for directions to San Raffaele University and for suggestions of suitable accommodations in Milan.


Welcome to the website of the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics.

The network originates from the need to foster the gathering of scholars working either in Italy or abroad on the philosophy of mathematics and strictly related fields, with special attention to those at early stages of their careers.
Through the constitution of the FilMat network, we want to remedy both the low visibility from which the mentioned research areas suffer at national level and the difficulty of connection between many Italian researchers currently active in this field, which causes loss of substantial opportunities of exchange and collaboration.
The network is a completely informal initiative with no hierarchical structure, with a totally horizontal organisation, without presidency but simply a steering committee with permanent coordinators.

  • In the section “About Us”, you may find a short introduction of both the members of the promoting committee who first proposed to constitute the network and the aims of the network.
  • The section “Members” displays both a list of the scholars who subscribed the initiative, and their main research interests and activities, along with a list of the Institutions and research groups supporting the network.
  • In the section “Activities”, you may find the events organised and promoted by the members and their Institutions, and those directly supported by the network.

Finally, by subscribing the network mailing list (to be activated shortly), you may be informed about conferences, seminars, workshops, etc., of interest to the members; calls for applications (open academic positions and calls for research projects) and latest book releases.

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