Mittwoch, 01. August 2018, 09:00 - 16:45 iCal

Varieties of Mathematical Abstraction

International Conference

Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 02. August 2018, 09:00 - 16:30

Freitag, 03. August 2018, 09:00 - 16:30

About the conference:

Mathematical abstraction is a general phenomenon, one that comes in several different varieties. Different forms of abstraction contribute to the characterization of mathematical structures and the development of mathematical theories. Mathematical abstraction also plays an important role in shaping how we think about and understand empirical phenomena. It is a process by which we generalize from the properties and relations of particular objects to the abstract, mathematical structure that those objects exhibit. It is a process that can be iterated to achieve higher levels of abstraction.


The main objective of this conference is to explore the philosophical significance of mathematical abstraction from different perspectives: metaphysically, epistemologically, historically, and practically. Particular attention will be devoted to the role of abstraction in mathematical practice. Specifically, the following research topics will be addressed:


- Abstraction in mathematical practice

- Abstraction in the sciences

- Definition by abstraction

- Fregean abstraction principles

- Historical discussion of any of the above



The conference location is seminar room 3D (3rd floor) in the Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG) of the University of Vienna, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna.



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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 71522).



Georg Schiemer, Francesca Biagioli and John Wigglesworth

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Florian Kolowrat
Institut für Philosophie