Tiedotteet joulukuulle 2008

Uusi erityisbibliografia julkaistu Filosofia.fi-portaalissa

Philosophy of Literature by Finnish Researchers: A Bibliography 1968--2008
(Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden filosofian tutkimusbibliografia 1968--2008)
http://filosofia.fi/bibliography/phillit

Bibliografian tavoitteena on koota yhteen suomalaisten tutkijoiden tekemää kirjallisuudenfilosofista tutkimusta. Se koostuu artikkeleista ja monografioista, jotka käsittelevät i) filosofista kirjallisuusteoriaa, ii) filosofista kirjallisuutta sekä iii) kirjallisia tehokeinoja hyödyntävää filosofiaa.

Bibliografia on koottu alan tutkijoille lähetettyjen tietopyyntöjen sekä useiden suomalaisten tietokantojen kautta, eikä sen ole tarkoitus olla kattava tässä vaiheessa. Sitä korjataan ja täydennetään joustavasti ensimmäisen julkaisemisen jälkeen.


Bibliografian on koonnut ja sitä toimittaa tutkija Jukka Mikkonen (Tampereen yliopisto).

Lisätiedot:
jukka.mikkonen (at) uta.fi

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New specialized bibliography published through the Finnish Portal for Philosophy, Filosofia.fi

Philosophy of Literature by Finnish Researchers: A Bibliography 1968--2008
http://filosofia.fi/bibliography/phillit

This new bibliography aims to bring together studies in the philosophy of literature by Finnish researchers. It consists of articles and monographs which treat i) philosophical literary theory, ii) philosophical literature, or iii) literary philosophy and philosophers’ use of literary devices.

The bibliography, collected by requests of publication data from researchers in the field and from several Finnish publication databases, is not intended fully inclusive at this point. It will be corrected and updated flexibly after the initial publication.


Bibliography has been collected and is edited by researcher Jukka Mikkonen (University of Tampere).

Contact and information:
jukka.mikkonen (at) uta.fi
Vid Stockholms universitets filosofiska institution anordnas 29-30 maj 2009 en filosofikonferens för doktorander. Ytterligare information framgår av bifogade annonseringsblad (”Call for Papers” [cfp.pdf]). Vi ber ansvariga vid varje institution tillse att doktoranderna och andra intresserade nås av denna information. Skicka gärna informationen vidare till kollegor och kontakter utomlands.

Konferensen har följande webbadress:
www.philosophy.su.se/graduateconference09.htm

Frågor om konferensen kan skickas till:
stockholmgradconf (at) gmail.com

Andra skäl att komma till Stockholm denna helg inkluderar konferensen
Knowledge and Perception. Den konferensen äger rum 28 maj. Frågor om denna tillställning skickas till Peter Pagin.

Å planeringsgruppens vägnar,
Henrik Ahlenius
 
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We invite submissions of papers by graduate students to a conference, hosted on May 29-30, 2009, by the Stockholm University Philosophy Department. Please see the attached Call for Papers [cfp.pdf]for further information. A web page is also up and running:
www.philosophy.su.se/graduateconference09.htm

Send your questions to:
stockholmgradconf (at) gmail.com

Pass this on to anyone you think might be interested or who is in a position to pass it on to those who are.

On behalf of the organizing committee,
Henrik Ahlenius
 
Professor Gail Weiss (George Washington University) will give a public lecture, "The 'Normal Abnormalities' of Disability and Aging", at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies on Wednesday the 7th of January 2009, at 3-5pm. Street address: Fabianinkatu 24, 1st floor

Free admission. Welcome!


Gail Weiss is professor of philosophy and director of the Human Sciences Ph.D. Program at George Washington University, USA. She works in the fields of phenomenology and existentialism, and her expertise is in the areas of embodiment, gender, personal identity and variation. Weiss takes actively part in the research co-operation between USA and Europe, operating in the International Merleau-Ponty Circle and in two networks of feminist phenomenology, SIFP and the European Network for Feminist Phenomenology. Her last publication, the monograph, "Refiguring the Ordinary" (Indiana University Press 2008), studies the practical foundation of experience. In her prior study, "Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality" (Routledge 1999), Weiss developed a new interpretation of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of embodiment. She has also edited a collection of feminist readings of Merleau-Ponty, "Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty" (Pennsylvania State University Press 2006), and a collection on the limits of the human embodiment, "Thinking the Limits of the Body" (SUNY Press 2003).


"The 'Normal Abnormalities' of Disability and Aging: Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir"

Gail Weiss

ABSTRACT

"What is so disconcerting about old age," Beauvoir maintains in The Coming of Age, "is that normally it is an abnormal condition." (Beauvoir 1996: 285) What renders the normal process of aging "an abnormal condition," for Beauvoir, is due not to what are often dramatic individual differences in the experience of aging but rather to societal prejudices against the elderly who "are looked upon as an inferior species." (Beauvoir 1996: 286). While each of us encounters elderly people throughout our lives, and while most of us will take our own place within the ranks of the aged after we cross the (historically shifting) threshold that constitutes us as old within our society, Beauvoir's insight that the elderly tend to be culturally stigmatized and socially marginalized throughout history presents us with a phenomenological anomaly, namely a normal experience that presents itself as abnormal, that demands further scrutiny. Since, as Beauvoir is quick to point out, old age and disability are often viewed as synonymous despite the fact that neither phenomenon necessarily entails the other, it should not be surprising if an analysis of Merleau-Ponty's views regarding the "normal abnormalities" of particular disabled patients can illuminate some of the possibilities and pitfalls that arise out of the "normal abnormalities" of the aging process.  By exploring the "normal abnormalities" of disability and aging, I argue, we can pose important challenges to the very notion of normalcy insofar as it excludes the common daily experiences of so many elderly and disabled people in the world today.
 

[Ilmoitus päivitetty uuteen muotoon 16.12.2008. Huomaa erityisesti, että jokainen 2008 vuonna väitellyt voi hakea palkintorahaa. Myös liitteiden määrä päivitetty.]


Tiedoksi (haku auki 6.2.2009 saakka),


SUOMALAINEN TIEDEAKATEMIA

jakaa yhteensä neljä 5000 euron suuruista palkintoa vuonna 2008 väitelleille tutkijoille. Perusteltuja ehdotuksia palkinnonsaajiksi pyydetään väitöskirjojen ohjaajilta tai heidän laitoksiltaan. Ehdotukset, joihin liitetään CV, julkaisuluettelo ja kopio vastaväittäjän lausunnosta, on osoitettava Suomalaisen  Tiedeakatemian hallitukselle ja niiden tulee olla perillä viimeistään 6. helmikuuta 2009 osoitteessa Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, Mariankatu 5, 00170 Helsinki. Faxilla/sähköpostilla lähetettyjä tai myöhässä tulleita hakemuksia ei oteta huomioon. Ehdotukset laaditaan lomakkeelle, joka on Tiedeakatemian kotisivulla osoitteessa www.acadsci.fi (Väitöskirjapalkinto). Lisätietoja Tiedeakatemian toimistosta puh 09 636 800, sähköposti acadsci (at) acadsci.fi.

 


Matti Saarnisto
pääsihteeri

Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia

 

FBF:s Filosoficafé
Plats: Restaurant Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tid: den 14 september 2008 kl 17

Inledare: prof. emeritus Sören Stenlund, Uppsala Universitet
Tema: Logik och rationalitet

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Logiken, som läran om följdriktigt och korrekt resonerande, har sedan antikens dagar uppfattats som själva kärnan i allt rationellt tänkande. Det moderna tillägget i synen på rationaliteten är den med vetenskapen förknippade förmågan att förutse och kontrollera händelser i naturen.

En frukt av den vetenskapliga rationaliteten är teknologin. P.g.a. de oroande följderna denna teknologi haft när det gäller de mänskliga livsvillkoren, har man börjat tala om en ’rationalitetens kris’. Men hör logiken till de problematiska dragen i den moderna rationaliteten? Många filosofer svarar nej på den frågan. De har menat att en sådan hållning vore att öppna dörrarna för anti-intellektualism eller irrationalism.

Under senare delen av 1900-talet har den formella logikens ställning ändå ifrågasatts. Enligt kritikerna har den formella logiken som norm för korrekt resonerande varit förknippad med en överförenklad syn på språket.

Föredraget kommer fokusera på ’kärnfrågan’: hur har logiken fått sin särställning i vår syn på rationellt tänkande och vilka filosofiska skäl har angetts för backa upp det här perspektivet. Vi skall belysa dessa frågor bl.a. genom att se på hur skälen förändrats när nya filosofiska idéer vunnit insteg.


Filosoficaféer Hösten 2008

Temaserie: Tänkandets svårigheter, rationalitet, logik, följdriktighet och det goda tänkandet

• 14.9 Inledare: prof. emeritus Sören Stenlund, Uppsala Universitet
Tema: Logik och rationalitet
• 28.9 Inledare: filosof Fredrik Vesterlund, H:fors Universitet
Tema: Inleder serien ”Om tänkande”, rubrik meddealas senare
• 12.10 Programmet öppet
• 26.10 Programmet öppet
• 23.11 Programmet öppet

Temaserie: Om Freud och psykoanalysen

• 9.11 Inledare: filosof Joel Backström
Tema: Inleder serie ”Om psykoanalysen”, rubrik meddelas senare
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7.12 Inledare: gruppsykoanalytiker Bodil Lindfors, Åbo
Tema: Kärlek, sorg och förlust?- Om kroppens och känslans plats i
jagets och språkets utveckling. Ett nedslag i Freuds metapsykologi.

Inledning:
Att bli människa är en process som ganska långt handlar om att knyta an till andra människor. Vi lär oss att förstå oss själva genom att relatera till en eller flera viktiga personer, vi hittar våra egna konturer genom ömsesidig beröring, närhet, ögonkontakt och utbyte av ljud. Vi föds också till en värld av ömsesidigt tal, och redan innan födelsen lär vi oss lyssna till språkets ljud.

Jämfört med djuren föds barnet ofärdigt, nästan ännu ett foster, helt beroende av förälderns omsorg. Den ömsesidiga speglingen ger också jaget dess konturer. Freud säger att jaget utvecklas som en lök, där skalen utgörs av på varandra följande identifikationer med älskade personer. Men barndomens viktiga lärdomar består inte bara av att hitta sig själv genom att vara i kontakt med andra, där ingår också förmågan att vara ensam utan att hotas av psykiskt sönderfall.

Närvaro och frånvaro, närhet och avstånd, är inslagen i den väv av vilken jaget och språket uppbyggs. Dessutom lever vi inte bara i den medvetna tankens och språkets värld, utan också i känslans och den behövande och sårbara kroppens. Kärlek, sorg och förlust är grundläggande erfarenheter, genom vilka vi i bästa fall förmår vara närvarande inte bara för andra, utan också för oss själva; inte bara för oss själva, utan också för andra. Bland annat om de här frågorna har jag tänkt tala, i huvudsak utgående från Freuds metapsykologi, med litet stöd av Lacan och Matte Blanco.
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OBS! FBF förbehåller sig rätten till ändringar i programmet.
Information om Master in applied ethics

Det är nu möjligt att söka till programmet Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme in Applied Ethics för läsåret 2009/10. Programmet, som stöds av EU, är ettårigt och ges i ett samarbete mellan Centrum för tillämpad etik vid Linköpings universitet (koordinator), Ethics Institute vid Utrecht universitet och Programmet för anvendt etikk vid NTNU, Trondheim. Center for Applied Ethics vid Stellenbosch universitet i Sydafrika medverkar också och europeiska studenter erbjuds att som en del av programmet läsa en kurs i miljöetik i Stellenbosch.  Ansökningstiden går ut den 15 januari 2009. För vidare information, se
http://www.maeappliedethics.eu/.

Göran Collste

Göran Collste
Professor of Applied Ethics
Coordinator, Erasmus Mundus Programme in Applied Ethics

Centre for Applied Ethics
Linköping University
SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
 
KUTSU /  Tiedote
Vapaa julkaistavaksi heti!

From Pystykorva with Love:
Sarjakuvataiteilija Lissu Lehtimajan Levinasin kasvot -sarjakuvakirjan julkistamistilaisuus

Tiistaina 9.12.  kello 14 alkaen
Ravintola Rytmissä (Toinen linja 2, Helsinki)
 
Tilaisuudessa Lissu Lehtimaja opastaa meidät rakkauden filosofian syövereihin.
Kommentattorina filosofi Tommi Wallenius. Lempeästä musiikista vastaa DJ Juuso Tervo.

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Lissu Lehtimajan Levinasin kasvot -sarjakuva johdattaa meidät ranskalais-liettualaisen filosofin jalanjäljille. Levinas alkoi pohtia etiikkaa oltuaan sotavankina toisen maailmansodan aikana. Miten kohdata toinen ihminen ja mihin se johtaa? Sarjakuvassa tutustutaan Levinasin ajatuksiin etiikasta, dialogista ja rakkaudesta. Toisen rakastamista ja vastuuta käsitellään niin henkilökohtaisella kuin poliittisellakin tasolla. Levinas ei pyri moralisoimaan tai antamaan ohjeita, vaan kehottaa etsimään etiikan  merkityksiä.

"Rakastetulla on oma tulevaisuutensa. Rakastettua ei koskaan voi omistaa koska rakastetussa on aina jotain enemmän, jotain tulevaa."

Levinasin kasvot toimii itsenäisenä jatko-osana Lehtimajan vuonna 2006 julkaistulle Freiren kyydissä -sarjakuvalle (Like/Rauhanpuolustajat, Pystykorvakirja). Freiren kyydissä tutustuttiin maailmankuulun kasvatusfilosofi Paulo Freiren vallankumoukselliseen kasvatusfilosofiaan ja pohdittiin sen yhtymäkohtia suomalaiseen taidekasvatukseen.

Lissu Lehtimaja on nuori kulttuurin moniottelija: sarjakuvataiteilija, pedagogi sekä Maria Gasolina -yhteen laulusolisti ja brasilialaisen rytmimusiikin suurlähettiläs.


Lisätietoja ja haastattelupyynnöt: Teemu Matinpuro, 050-594 1499
Arvostelukappaleet: arvostelukappaleet (at) like.fi
 
Workshop on Concepts and Intuitions
Turku, Finland, December 13-15, 2008

Saturday, December 13
Lecture Hall PUB2, Publicum building

13:30 – 14:45 Jonathan Ichikawa (St. Andrews): "'Intuitive' Judgments"
Coffee
15:15 – 16:30 Sören Häggqvist (Stockholm): "Experiments, Thought Experiments, and Intuitions"
16:30 – 17:45 Jussi Haukioja (Turku): "Intuitions, Dispositions, and Categories"

Sunday, December 14
Lecture Hall PUB2, Publicum building

9:30 – 10:45 Christian Nimtz (Bielefeld): "Philosophical Intuitions and Semantic Knowledge"
Coffee
11:15 – 12:30 Justyna Grudzinska (Warsaw): "The Role of Intuitions in Semantic Theory"
Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Michael Devitt (CUNY): "Linguistic Intuitions Revisited"
14:45 – 16:00 Georges Rey (Maryland): "Intuitions in Marketplace and Explanatory Epistemologies"
Coffee
16:30 – 17:45 Jussi Jylkkä (Turku): "Psychologizing Semantics"

Monday, December 15
Lecture Hall PUB5, Publicum building

9:30 – 10:45 Antti Kauppinen (St. Andrews): TBA
Coffee
11:15 – 12:30 Daniel Nolan (Nottingham/Michigan): TBA
Lunch
14:00 – 15:15 Jonathan Weinberg (Indiana): "Loose Constitutivity and Armchair Philosophy"
15:15 – 16:00 Henry Pettersson (Turku): "Bealer on the Phenomenology of Rational Intuition"

Paikka on siis Filosofian laitos, Assistentinkatu 7, Turku
 
The Nordic Network for Wittgenstein Research
Workshop 2009, March 26 - 28. at Åbo Akademi University

Wittgensteinian Approaches to Ethics and the Philosophy of Culture


Thursday 26
14.00 - 14.15 Opening of the symposium
14.15 - 15.30 Olli Lagerspetz, Åbo Akademi University
Dirt and Cleanliness, and the Dialectic between Facts and Practices
15.30 - 15.45 Coffee
15.45 - 17.00 Duncan Richter, Virginia Military Institute
Wittgenstein, Bentham, Derrida: Ethics, Nonsense, Metaphysics, and Rights
19.00 Reception

Friday 27
10.15 - 11.30 Tove Österman, Uppsala University
                        To be announced later
11.45 - 13.00 Lars Hertzberg, Åbo Akademi University
                        On Knowing Right from Wrong
13.00 - 14.15 Lunch
14.15 - 15.30 Alice Crary, The New School for Social Research, New York
                        Ethics and the Logic of Life

15.30 - 15.45 Coffee
15.45 - 17.00 Joel Backström, Åbo Akademi
             Making the unconscious conscious in Wittgenstein and Freud
17.15 - 18.30 Sergio Benvenuto, Institute for Cognitive Sciences and
Technologies, Rome
            Ethics, Wonder and the Real in Wittgenstein
19.30 Conference dinner

Saturday 28
10.15 - 11.30 Anniken Greve, University of Tromsø:
                      The Holocaust and the Ethics of Remembering
11.45 - 13.00 Cora Diamond
                      To be announced later
13.00 - 14.15 Lunch
14.15 - 15.30 Carolyn Wilde
                        The Intersubjectivity of Aesthetic Judgment
15.30 - 15.45 Coffee
15.45 - 17.00 Pär Segerdahl, Uppsala universitet
            Gender, language and philosophical forgiveness

More info or program changes:
http://nnwr.net/nnwr-program.html
Call for abstracts:

End of Life Decisions:
Ethics in clinical practice, research and policy



Clinical ethics is a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional field. We invite scholars and professionals to participate in a research symposium that focuses on end of life decisions such as shifting focus from curative to palliative treatment, how clinical research at the end of life can be improved and the role policy documents play in clinical practice.

In clinical practice, doctors and nurses must make difficult decisions regarding withdrawal of treatment, having regard to medical benefit, patient autonomy, and sometimes the role played by the patient’s family. Clinical research raises another set of questions. How do we distinguish between health care practice and research activities? How do we deal with information and consent in emergency situations or when the dying patient can be randomized only after losing consciousness? These questions are also challenges for policy makers that need to protect patients and research subjects, and at the same time facilitate research developments that improve health care practices that in turn provide better treatment and care for future patients.

This is the XI Annual Swedish Symposium on Biomedicine, Ethics and Society
and will be held on June 8-9, 2009 at Seglarhotellet, Sandhamn, an island in
the Stockholm archipelago.

>   Symposium website
http://www.crb.uu.se/symposia/2009/index.html
>   Call for abstracts
http://www.crb.uu.se/symposia/2009/call.html
>   General information
http://www.crb.uu.se/symposia/2009/information.html
>   Registration
http://eventus.trippus.se/end-of-life


Keynote speakers

Simon Woods, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre (PEALS), Newcastle University
Liisa Hovi, Hospital for Children and Adolescents, University of Helsinki
Sören Holm, Cardiff School of Law and University of Oslo
Nina Rehnqvist, SBU – The Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care


Call for abstracts

The first day of the symposium consists of keynote lectures and plenary discussions. The second day of the symposium consists of presentations in parallel sessions.

We now call for abstracts regarding end of life decisions in:

1.      Clinical practice
2.      Clinical research
3.      Clinical policy

Submission deadline: March 1, 2009

We invite scholars from all disciplines to investigate the moral dilemmas associated with these and other end of life decisions in clinical practice, research and policy. Abstracts should be submitted in .doc or .docx format,
250 words. Get abstract form:
http://www.crb.uu.se/symposia/2009/download/abstract-form.doc

Send your abstract to: crb (at) crb.uu.se;  josepine.fernow(at) crb.uu.se


Session I: End of life decisions in clinical practice

Clinicians face difficult questions when patients do not respond to
treatment. In this section we ask when it is appropriate to shift focus from
curative to palliative treatment and whether palliative treatments are
better than ordinary symptom control. When is it right to offer treatment
that has shown only anecdotal evidence? Experimental treatment may be seen
as offering a possibility of not giving in and may contribute to the
patient's quality of life, but it may also be regarded as something imposed
on patients and their families by doctors who are not prepared to give up.
Perhaps nurses and doctors perceive these decisions differently. Would a
doctor be more eager to find a diagnosis? Perhaps at the cost of a patient's
quality of life? What role should relatives play in these decisions and are
there economic factors that we should take into consideration?

Session II: End of life decisions in clinical research

Clinical research on patients at the end of life can be difficult and such
research is scanty, however, much needed. In this section we ask how
clinical research on dying patients can expand and improve, and on what
terms such research should be conducted. What informed consent procedures
are acceptable? Should we seek advance consent for research on those dying
patients that are unable to give consent? Experimental drugs can hasten
patients' deaths and increase their suffering. How do we find the balance
between costs and benefits in studies that may help future patients but have
very slim chances of benefiting subjects? A vast majority of patients for
whom conventional therapy fails will not be helped by research
participation. How do we ensure that patients desperate for a last chance of
recovery aren't subjected to the therapeutic misconception and how do we
make sure that they are not exploited when we enrol them in experimental
protocols?

Session III: End of life decisions in clinical policy

One way to meet the ethical challenges clinical practice raise is to develop
policy documents and clinical guidelines. An example of this is the national
guidelines for priority setting formulated by the Swedish National Board of
Health and Welfare, prescribing that priorities should be made out of
respect for human dignity, need, solidarity and cost efficiency. According
to these guidelines, palliative care is highly prioritized, as it would
otherwise constitute a breach of the principle of human dignity. Another
example concerns the guidelines for DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) that prescribe
when life-sustaining treatment may be withdrawn and what ethical concerns
such decisions raise. In this section we ask what role such policy documents
play in clinical practice. Are they of any practical help for clinicians in
their daily work? How are guidelines and policy documents developed and
implemented on the clinical level? And how are we to deal with the fact that
different guidelines and policy documents sometimes give contradictory
advice?


Planning committee

Stefan Eriksson <http://www.crb.uu.se/staff/stefan_eriksson.html> , ThD, Senior Researcher

Josepine Fernow <http://www.crb.uu.se/staff/josepine_fernow.html> ,
Co-ordinator

Mats G. Hansson <http://www.crb.uu.se/staff/mats_hansson.html> , Professor,  Director

Anna T. Höglund <http://www.crb.uu.se/staff/anna_hoglund.html> , Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer


Arranged by the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics in collaboration with:
Läkartidningen <http://www.lakartidningen.se/>  (the Journal of the Swedish
Medical Association)


Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics
Uppsala Science Park
SE-751 85 Uppsala
Phone +46 18 611 22 96
Fax +46 18 50 64 04
E-mail:  crb (at) crb.uu.se
Web:   www.crb.uu.se
 
 
First announcement:
A conference on
Philosophy and Foundations of Mathematics - Epistemological and Ontological Aspects
,

dedicated to Per Martin-Löf on the occasion of his retirement, is to be held in

Uppsala, Sweden, May 5-8, 2009 at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.

Speakers:

Peter Aczel         Mark van Atten      Thierry Coquand
Peter Dybjer        Juliet Floyd        Jean-Yves Girard
Sten Lindström      Colin McLarty        Per Martin-Löf
Peter Pagin         Erik Palmgren       Jan von Plato
Dag Prawitz         Christine Paulin    Aarne Ranta
Michael Rathjen     Giovanni Sambin     Anton Setzer
Stewart Shapiro     Wilfried Sieg       Sören Stenlund
Göran Sundholm      William Tait



The aim of the conference is to bring together philosophers, mathematicians, and logicians to penetrate current and historically important problems in the philosophy and foundations of mathematics. Swedish logicians and philosophers have made important contributions to the foundations and philosophy of mathematics, at least since the end of the 1960s. In philosophy, one has been concerned with the opposition between constructivism and classical mathematics and the different ontological and epistemological views that are reflected in this opposition. A central philosophical question concerns the nature of the abstract entities of mathematics: do they exist independently of our epistemic acts (realism, or Platonism) or are they somehow constituted by these acts (idealism)?

Significant contributions have been made to the foundations of mathematics, for example in proof theory, proof-theoretic semantics and constructive type theory. These contributions have had a strong impact on areas of computer science, e.g. through Martin-Löf's type theory.

Two important alternative foundational programmes that are actively
pursued today are predicativistic constructivism and category-theoretic foundations.  Predicativistic constructivism can be based on Martin-Löf constructive type theory, Aczel's constructive set theory, or similar systems. The practice of the Bishop school of constructive mathematics fits well into this framework. Associated philosophical foundations are meaning theories in the tradition of Wittgenstein, Dummett, Prawitz and Martin-Löf. What is the relation between proof-theoretical semantics in the tradition of Gentzen, Prawitz, and Martin-Löf and Wittgensteinian or other accounts of meaning as-use?

What can proof-theoretical analysis tell us about the scope and limits of constructive and (generalized) predicative mathematics? To what extent is it possible to reduce classical mathematical frameworks to constructive ones? Such reductions often reveal computational content of classical existence proofs. Is computational content enough to solve the epistemological questions?

A central concern for the conference will be to compare the different foundational frameworks - classical set theory, constructive type theory, and category theory - both from a philosophical and a logical point of view. The general theme of the conference, however, will be broader and encompass different areas of philosophy and foundations of mathematics, in particular the interplay between ontological and epistemological considerations.

    Peter Dybjer    Sten Lindström    Erik Palmgren
    Dag Prawitz     Sören Stenlund    Viggo Stoltenberg-Hansen

   (organization and programme committee)