The sixteenth annual meeting of the Midwest PhilMath Workshop will take place November 7-8, 2015 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. All sessions of the workshop will be in room 129 of Debartolo Hall.

As usual, the schedule will feature a full day of talks and discussions on Saturday, November 7th, and a half day on Sunday, November 8th.

Also as usual, there will be a workshop lunch and a workshop dinner on Saturday, November 7th. All registered workshop participants are cordially invited to attend these as guests of the university.


Please complete the online registration form here. When you do, please indicate whether you will be joining us for lunch and/or dinner on Saturday.

Your registering will help us with organizational matters.

Symposium on Rigor

This year we will have a special symposium on rigor at the workshop. Speakers include: Juliet Floyd (Boston U), Douglas Jesseph (U of South Florida) and Alex Paseau (U of Oxford).


Session I: Saturday, November 7, 2015

► 9:00AM--10:00AM

Christopher Scambler (NYU), "The philosophical significance of semi-constructive set theory"


► 10:10AM--11:10AM Symposium on Rigor. I

Douglas Jesseph (U of South Florida), "Evolving Conceptions of Rigor in Seventeenth-Century Mathematics"


► 11:20AM--12:20PM

Michael Stoeltzner (U of South Carolina), "Hilbert's Axiomatic Method and Carnap's General Axiomatics"


Lunch: 12:30PM--1:55PM. McKenna Hall Dining Room, Lower Level

Session II: Saturday, November 7, 2015

► 2:00PM--3:00PM Symposium on Rigor. II

Alex Paseau (U of Oxford), "What's the point of complete rigour?"


► 3:10PM--4:10PM

Matthias Jenny (MIT), "The 'if' of relative computability"


► 4:20PM--5:20PM

Graham Priest (CUNY Graduate Center & U of Melbourne), "What is the Specificity of Classical Mathematics?"


► 5:30PM--6:30PM Symposium on Rigor. III

Juliet Floyd (Boston U), "Gödel and Rigor: Mathematical and Philosophical"


Social Hour & Dinner: 6:35PM--9:00PM. Morris Inn, Private Dining Room

Session III: Sunday, November 8, 2015

► 9:00AM--10:00AM

Steve Awodey (Carnegie Mellon U), "Univalence as a new principle of logic"


► 10:10AM--11:10AM

Jeremy Shipley (McHenry County College), "Poincaré on the Foundation of Geometry in the Understanding"


► 11:20AM--12:20PM

Jamie Tappenden (U of Michigan), "Frege, Karl Snell and Romanticism; Fruitful
Concepts and the 'Organic/Mechanical' Distinction"



Lodging and Arrangements

This year we're pleased to have Ms. Lauri Roberts ( join us as the workshop manager. She replaces our friend and colleague Harriet Baldwin who retired in January.

There are three conveniently located hotels that we recommend for those attending the workshop. They are:

• Morris Inn $159/night (breakfast not included)
Book here

Location: Morris Inn and Debartolo Hall

• Fairfield Inn & Suites South Bend at Notre Dame  $123.00 -133.00 /night  (breakfast included)
Book group rate for Midwest Math & Philosophy Workshop

Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites

• Ivy Court Inn and Suites  $99/night. To book you may phone them at the number below.

1404 Ivy Court
South Bend, In 46617

Location and online booking: Ivy Court Inn and Suites

Student Participation

As usual, there are limited funds to help defray expenses for student participants coming from out of town and from departments that do not have funds to offset their costs. These funds will generally take the form of subventions for lodging.

If you are interested in applying for a subvention, please notify the planning committee as soon as possible. 

When you do, please also arrange for an appropriate faculty member from your department to email us to confirm that your department does not have funds to underwrite your expenses.

Last but not least, kindly share this announcement with others you think may be interested.

Travel Information

Basic travel information.