Yacin Hamami – Rigor judgments in mathematical practice

September 16, 2019 Leave a comment

The Montreal Inter-University Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics presents:

Yacin Hamami (VU Brussels):
Rigor judgments in mathematical practice
Friday, September 20, 2019
McGill University, Leacock Building, Room 927. 3:30-5:00pm

Abstract:

How are mathematical proofs judged to be rigorous in mathematical practice? Traditional answers to this question have usually considered that judging the rigor of a mathematical proof proceeds through some sort of comparisons with the standards of formal proof. Several authors have argued, however, that this kind of view is implausible (see, e.g., Robinson, 1997; Detlefsen, 2009; Antonutti Marfori, 2010), and have thus called for the development of a more realistic account of rigor judgments in mathematical practice. In this talk, I will sketch a framework aiming to move forward in this direction. My starting point is the observation that judging a mathematical proof to be correct or rigorous amounts to judging the validity of each of the inferences that comprise it. Accordingly, the framework focuses on the processes by which mathematical agents identify and judge the validity of inferences when processing the text of an ordinary mathematical proof. From the perspective of the resulting framework, I will then discuss what is sometimes called the standard view of mathematical rigor, by examining whether there is any ground supporting the thesis that whenever a proof has been judged to be rigorous in mathematical practice it can be routinely translated into a formal proof.

Website: http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~dirk/workshop

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Chris Smeenk – How Scientific Theories get their Content: (Replacing) A Just-So Story

September 16, 2019 Leave a comment

You’re cordially invited to the 5th Annual McGill University History and Philosophy of Science program talk:

Chris Smeenk (Western):

How Scientific Theories get their Content: (Replacing) A Just-So Story

Monday, September 16, 2019

McGill University, Leacock Building, Room 927. 3:30-5:00pm

Abstract:

An appealing just-so story tells us that the content of a scientific theory — what it says about the observable — can be deduced from its basic postulates, with the assistance of auxiliary assumptions. Theories are successful to the extent that these consequences match what we see. Although it is initially plausible, there are several reasons why this just-so story needs to be replaced. It fails by over-estimating the extent to which we can survey the content of our theories. We typically assess theories based on understanding their consequences for a few tractable cases. It also under-estimates the role of theory in guiding ongoing inquiry, leading to an impoverished conception of success.

I will sketch an alternative approach, indebted primarily to Howard Stein and George Smith. On this view, understanding content begins with representing the observer as a “measuring apparatus” of sorts. Theories extend our reach by making it possible to reliably measure new fundamental quantities the theory introduces. Specifying the content requires a model of how we interact with a target system. The resulting picture of the nature of scientific theories, and the challenges to fully specifying their content, leads to a different perspective on theory choice. I will illustrate these general themes with two cases from the history of physics, the development of celestial mechanics and contemporary cosmology.

More information: http://www.mcgill.ca/hpsc

Vanessa Wills – Black Woman Marxists on Race, Gender, and Class

September 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Pour sa 42e conférence, Fillosophie a le plaisir d’accueillir Vanessa Wills (The George Washington University) qui présentera une conférence intitulée “Black Woman Marxists on Race, Gender, and Class” le vendredi 20 septembre à 13h au département de philosophie de l’UQAM (455 René Lévesque Est), local W-5215.

Cet événement est gratuit et ouvert à tout le monde.

Du café et des collations seront servis, et la conférence sera suivie d’un petit cocktail.

Venez en grand nombre !

Vous pouvez aussi consulter les détails de l’événement sur Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/985796588447062/

Bio : Vanessa Wills is a political philosopher, ethicist, educator, and activist working in Washington, DC. She is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University. Her areas of specialization are moral, social, and political philosophy, nineteenth century German philosophy (especially Karl Marx), and the philosophy of race. Her research is importantly informed by her study of Marx’s work, and focuses on the ways in which economic and social arrangements can inhibit or promote the realization of values such as freedom, equality, and human development. She is the author of several papers, notably “Revolutionary Admiration” published this year in the volume The Moral Psychology of Admiration, and “‘Man is the Highest Being for Man’: Marx’s Radical Irreligion”, also published this year in The Blackwell Companion to Atheism and Philosophy.

Fillosophie est un regroupement d’étudiantes en philosophie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), qui propose une série de conférences mensuelles afin de promouvoir la place des femmes en philosophie.

Groupe de lectures philosophiques – Bergson, « Les deux sources de la morale et de la religion »

September 14, 2019 Leave a comment

Invitation à un groupe de lectures philosophiques

Automne 2019

« Les deux sources de la morale et de la religion » d’Henri Bergson

Vous êtes invité(e)s à participer à un groupe de lectures philosophiques. Ce groupe vise à rassembler ceux et celles qui partagent un intérêt pour la réflexion philosophique autour de grandes œuvres de la tradition.

Nous consacrerons nos rencontres de l’automne au livre d’Henri Bergson « Les deux sources de la morale et de la religion ».

Les rencontres, qui se tiendront des lundis au restaurant Végo (1720 Saint-Denis – Métro Berri-UQÀM), prendront la forme d’une discussion libre sur le texte choisi.

Ce groupe est ouvert à tous et à toutes et vise entre autres à promouvoir l’existence de pratiques philosophiques vivantes, libres et indépendantes des cadres institutionnels habituels. En ce sens, la participation à ce groupe ne nécessite aucun prérequis, si ce n’est une forte disposition à la critique argumentée des idées.

Les rencontres auront lieu tout au long de l’automne, selon l’horaire suivant :

  • 23 septembre : Chapitre 1 L’obligation morale de la page 5 à la page 33 (s’arrêter à « en coïncidence avec le principe même de la vie ? »)
  • 7 octobre : Chapitre 1 L’obligation morale de la page 5 à la page 33 (commencer par « Quelque hétérogénéité qu’on puisse trouver d’abord entre l’effet et la cause ») jusqu’à la fin du chapitre
  • 21 octobre : Chapitre 2 La religion statique de la page 62 à la page 92 (s’arrêter à « et qui allait jusqu’à payer pour cela une somme de cinquante centimes »)
  • 28 octobre : Chapitre 2 La religion statique page 92 (commencer par « Mais fermons cette parenthèse et résumons-nous. ») jusqu’à la fin du chapitre
  • 11 novembre : Chapitre 3 La religion dynamique
  • 25 novembre : Chapitre 4 Remarques finales. Mécanique et mystique

 

Pour plus d’informations : lecturesphilosophiquesmontreal@gmail.com

Édition 2019-2020, Série de Conférences de Montréal en éthique de la santé / 2019-2020 Edition of the Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series

September 11, 2019 Leave a comment

[English follows]

Nous sommes heureux de partager avec vous la programmation annuelle de la Série de conférences de Montréal en éthique de la santé, en plus de vous inviter à vous joindre à nous pour le panel inaugural de la série, où Olivier Bernard (Le Pharmachien), Michèle Stanton-Jean, Daniel Weinstock et Marie-Ève Bouthillier partageront leurs différents points de vue et recommandations sur la place du dialogue en santé, le 26 septembre prochain.

La Série de conférences de Montréal en éthique de la santé est une série mensuelle de conférences/webinaires bilingue qui vise à réunir plusieurs acteurs (politicien.ne.s, clinicien.ne.s, universitaires, personnalités publiques, citoyen.ne.s et patients) autour de différents sujets en éthique de la santé. L’objectif de cette série, appuyé par plusieurs institutions universitaires montréalaises, est de promouvoir une discussion interdisciplinaire et alimenter de nouvelles pistes de réflexion qui pourront rejoindre un public large.

Le thème de notre série pour l’année 2019-2020 est la place du dialogue dans les soins et le système de santé. Comment notre système de santé et les professionnels de la santé peuvent-ils être plus à l’écoute des patients? Devraient-ils l’être et pourquoi? Quels sont les défis du dialogue et de la délibération pour les patients ou entre les membres d’une équipe, voire au sein d’une même institution ou d’un réseau de soins? Nos invités aborderont ces questions (entre autres) en partageant leur vision sur les enjeux entourant la délibération éthique en santé et en s’intéressant aux processus de prises de décisions, à la relation entre patients et professionnels de la santé, aux soins prodigués aux populations marginalisées, et plus encore.

Joignez-vous à nous pour le panel inaugural de la Série :

Qui : Olivier Bernard (Le Pharmachien), Michèle Stanton-Jean, Daniel Weinstock et Marie-Ève Bouthillier
Où : Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (110 avenue des Pins Ouest, Auditorium Jacques Genest) OU en direct sur notre page YouTube : Pragmatic Health Ethics
Quand : Le jeudi 26 septembre 2019, de 12h à 13h

Cliquez sur les liens pour plus d’informations sur:

Toutes les conférences sont gratuites, grand public et ne requièrent pas d’inscription!

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler cette invitation dans vos réseaux! Nous demeurons également ouverts aux commentaires, aux suggestions et aux opportunités de collaboration entre divers secteurs, programmes et équipes.

Au grand plaisir de vous y voir,

L’équipe organisatrice
Série de conférences de Montréal en éthique de la santé


 

We are thrilled to share with you this year’s program for the Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series, as well as invite you to join us for the series’ inaugural panel, for which Olivier Bernard (Le Pharmachien), Michèle Stanton-Jean, Daniel Weinstock and Marie-Ève Bouthillier will share their different points of view and recommendations on the role of dialogue in health, taking place on September 26, 2019.

The Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series is an annual series of bilingual conferences/webinars that aim to bring together multiples public agents (politicians, clinicians, academics, public figures, citizens and patients) regarding different subjects in health ethics. The series’ objective, supported by many academic institutions located in Montreal, is to promote interdisciplinary reflection as well as foster new ways of thought that better assemble the larger public.

The theme of our series for the year 2019-2020 is the role of dialogue in care as well as the healthcare system. Namely, how can our health system and health professionals be more attentive to patients? Should they be and why? Which changes are needed in healthcare and in the health system? What are the challenges of dialogue and deliberation for patients or between team members, or even within a single institution or network of care? Our guests will address these questions (amongst others) while sharing their vision regarding the issues surrounding ethical deliberation in health and taking particular interest in decision-making processes, relationships between patients and health professionals, caring for marginalized populations, and more.

Join us for the series’ inaugural panel:

Who: Olivier Bernard (Le Pharmachien), Michèle Stanton-Jean, Daniel Weinstock and Marie-Ève Bouthillier
When: Thursday, September 26 2019, 12-1PM
Where: Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (110 avenue des Pins Ouest, Auditorium Jacques Genest) OR livestreamed through our YouTube page: Pragmatic Health Ethics

Click on the following links for more information about:

All conferences are free, open to the larger public and require no registration!

Please feel free to share this invitation widely! Equally, we remain open to suggestions, commentaries and opportunities to create additional bridges between sectors, programs, and teams.

Sincerely,

The organizing team
Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series

Dirk Setton – Autonomy as A Form of Desire: The Unity and Difference of Wille and Willkür in Kant

September 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Dirk Setton (Humboldt-Universität), “Autonomy as A Form of Desire: The Unity and Difference of Wille and Willkür in Kant”

Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.

Département de philosophie, Université de Montréal, 2910 Édouard-Montpetit, local 422. Métro Université de Montréal.

Abstract: The question that the talk seeks to answer is the relationship between Wille and Willkür in Kant’s practical philosophy: why is it necessary that our understanding of free will divides into two forms of freedom, which, moreover, do not complement each other in a simple way, but rather describe two moments that belong to different orders—a normative order (Wille as the capacity of rational self-determination) and a non-normative order (Willkür as the power of willfull resolve)? Why is this doubling of the will necessary? And how is the relation between these two dimensions and thus ultimately the unity of the will to be understood?

Dirk Setton – The Ambiguity of Ressentiment: The Politics of Moral Unreason

September 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Dirk Setton (Humboldt-Universität), “The Ambiguity of Ressentiment: The Politics of Moral Unreason”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 4 p.m.

Centre d’études allemandes et européennes, 3744 Jean-Brillant, local 525. Métro Côte-des-Neiges.

Abstract: In current debates about new forms of “populism” one often hears the diagnosis that we are confronted with attitudes of ressentiment. Against this background, the talk aims to gain an instructive perspective on this concept (and its current populist manifestations) by placing two different philosophical traditions, in which attitudes of resentment are central and which have developed largely independently of each other, in a critical relationship: the tradition after Nietzsche and Scheler that introduced and elaborated the idea of ressentiment as a central concept of the critique of morality, on the one hand, and the tradition after Adam Smith and Peter Strawson on the other hand, which understands “reactive attitudes” of resentment as paradigmatic phenomena for the analysis of our fundamental concepts of morality. Although the two traditions are quite different with regard to their theoretical ambitions, the assumption is that an appropriate understanding of the concept and the contemporary manifestations of ressentiment can only be gained if we understand to what extent attitudes of ressentiment are internally related to attitudes of resentment. Ressentiment arises when the formation of resentment and thus the entry into a practice of addressing normative claims fails; and ressentiment gains its characteristic irrationality to the extent that a re-entry into this practice presupposes a normative reorientation, which not only represents the moralizing expression of an excessive tendency of resentment, but also assumes the political character of a revolt that no longer seems to appears as intelligible.