Monday, August 30, 2010

New Book: Sociological Aspects of Mathematical Practice

Benedikt Löwe and Thomas Müller have edited an interesting collection of papers from the collaborative PhiMSAMP project. They have taken the very welcome step of making all the papers freely available for download for research use at this address. As the related page makes clear, this group aims to "to bring young researchers with foundational and sociological attitudes together and discuss a unified approach towards a philosophy of mathematics that includes both sociological analyses but is able to deal with the status of an epistemic exception that mathematics forms among the sciences."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bergmann and Kain receive major Templeton award

Congratulations to my Purdue colleagues Mike Bergmann and Pat Kain who have been awarded a major Templeton grant to study how knowledge works in morality and religion! The Purdue press release describes several upcoming conferences on the general theme of skepticism and disagreement and their implications for knowledge in these domains.