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Talk: Alexander Paseau and Fabian Pregel (Oxford)

Location: Ludwigstr. 31, ground floor, Room 021

22.06.2022 16:00  – 18:00 


Deductivism: A New Appraisal


The topic of our talk is the philosophy of mathematics known as deductivism. Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, deductivism then fell out of favour before being reinvented as structuralism later in the 20th century, a philosophy which in some form or another claims many adherents today. Surprisingly, given this history, there is little work devoted to deductivism, its history, its perceived failings, and the reasons structuralism supplanted it. The two most recent detailed studies we know of, by Michael Resnik and Rosemarie Rheinwald respectively, are from the 1980s.Our ambition in this talk is to offer an up-to-date and detailed appraisal of deductivism, in both its historical and philosophical aspects, that builds and improves on previous ones.