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.

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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

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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.

Home

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.

Enjoy your visit!