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Andrea Sereni

I am an Associate Professor (M-FIL/05) at the School of Advanced Studies IUSS in Pavia. I graduated in Philosophy at the University of Bologna (2001), where I also completed his PhD in Analytic Philosophy (2006). I was Resarch Fellow (assegnista di ricerca, 2008-2010) and then Lecturer (Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato, M-FIL/02, 2010-2014) at the Faculty of Philosophy of San Raffaele University, Milan. I have taught courses at the Universitires of Bologna, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma, and in the Faculties of Medicine and Psychology at San Raffaele University. I was visiting scholar at Arché Centre at St.Andrews University (2005), at Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy (2013), at the “PPP Project” at the Unversity of Oslo (2013), and has spent Erasmus+ training exchanges in Paris (IHPST, 2017), Oxford (2017) and Vienna (2018).  I am member of the research centres NeTS, CRESA and COGITO

I have been publishing papers in national and international journals (among which Disputatio, Synthese, Inquiry, Philosophia Mathematica, The Review of Symbolic Logic). Beyond that, I am co-author, with Marco Panza (IHPST, CNRS, Paris) of "Plato’s Problem; An Introduction to Mathematical Platonism, Palgrave 2013 “ (revised edition of "Il problema di Platone. Un’introduzione storica alla filosofia della matematica", Carocci, Roma, 2010; French edition "Introduction à la philosophie des mathématiques", Flammarion, 2013); with Francesca Boccuni I co-edited Objectivity, Realism and Proof. FilMat Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics (Springer, BSPHS, 2016); with Daniele Molinini and Fabrice Pataut, I coedited Indispensability and Explanation, Synthese Special Issue (2016); with Mario Alai and Giorgio Volpe I coedited Philosophical Analysis and Experimental Philosophy (Special Issue of Discipline Filosofiche, 2015); with Clotilde Calabi, Annalisa Coliva and Giorgio Volpe, I coedited Teorie della Conoscenza (Raffaello Cortina, 2015); with Filippo Ferrari, Sebastiano Moruzzi, Nikolaj Pedersen, I am co-editing the special issue Logical Pluralism and Normativity for Inquiry. I am currently under contract, together with Francesca Boccuni, for a co-edited collection on The Origins and Varieties of Logicism for Routledge.

I coordinate the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics FilMat (http://filmatnetwork.com).

I am currently the Head of Department of the Department of Humanities and Life Sciences at IUSS.


Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani

Since October 2018, I am a Post-Doc Researcher at the University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia (research topic: “Logico-Mathematical Knowledge and its Methodology: Recent Challenges to Traditional Conceptions”; SSD: M-FIL/05). I obtained from Vita-Salute San Raffaele University both my B.A. degree in Philosophy and my M.A. degree in Philosophical Sciences. From November 2014 to June 2018 I have been a PhD student in the joint IUSS-UniSR program in Cognitive Neurosciences and Philosophy of the Mind (defended: 13.06.2018; thesis title: “Who Watches the Watchmen? Anti-Exceptionalist, Pluralist, and Revisabilist Challenges to Logic”; supervisor: Prof. Andrea Sereni). During my PhD, I have conducted teaching assistantship activities within several UniSR courses and, from February to December 2016, I have been a visiting scholar at Columbia University (NYC), Department of Philosophy, under the supervision of Prof. Achille Varzi. I am a member of NEtS (IUSS) and CRESA (UniSR).
 

Silvia Bianchi

Since October 2017 I am a graduate student at the PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind at the Advanced School IUSS Pavia and a member of the IUSS Center for Neurocognition, Epistemology and Theoretical Syntax (NEtS). In December 2014, I obtained my BA in Philosophy at Roma Tre University and, in July 2016, my MA in Philosophical Sciences at San Raffaele University (Milan).
From March 2019 I will be a visiting scholar under an Erasmus+ training exchange program at the University of Vienna, where I visit The Roots of Mathematical Structuralism project directed by Georg Schiemer.


Luca Zanetti

I am a graduate student at the School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia (PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind) and a student member of the IUSS Center for Neurocognition, Epistemology and Theoretical Syntax (NEtS). I hold a master degree in Philosophy from San Raffaele University in Milan. In 2015 I spent a year at the LOGOS Research Group in Analytic Philosophy in Barcelona, Spain. In 2018 I visited the Department of Philosophy of the University of Oslo and the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2019 I was a visiting fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Oslo.

The project encourages incoming and outgoing opportunities for study and research.

Ways of collaborating with us are:

- NFCM PhD grants. The IUSS/UniSR PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind at IUSS (see dedicated webpage) includes epistemology, philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of logic among its subject areas. Projects on these are often selected.

- Project-funded PhD grants. When available, project-related PhD positions can be funded on the project.

NB: Check out the 2019 call of the PhD for 2 fully funded project-related positions

- Visiting Scholarships.  Visiting scholarship for established researcher and professors are available, and can be negotiated upon request. These usually include funding for a short to medium length research stay at IUSS, discussing with project members and delivering seminars or masterclasses. See the Project Activities page for a list of visitors and masterclasses.

- Junior Visiting Scholarship. Scholarship for undergraduate or post-graduate students may be offered (upon public call or evaluated upon request) for project-related study and research stay at IUSS. Check public announcement or write to us if you are interested!

 

I. Conferences and workshops [2017 onward]

  • (org: Andrea Sereni, Francesca Poggiolesi), “Mathematical and Metaphysical Explanation”, IHPST Paris, 2-3 February 2017
  • (org. Andrea Sereni, Francesca Boccuni), “Origins and Varieties of Logicism: Further Explorations”, San Raffaele, 20-21 February 2017 [previous meeting: “Origins and Varieties of Logicism”, IUSS, March 16t, 2015]
  • (with Paola Giacomoni, Claudio Fontanari, Achille Varzi), “Philosophy of Mathematics: History, Theories and Practice. First Graduate Conference of the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics – FilMat”. Trento, 13-14.07.2017.
  • (org: Andrea Sereni, Francesca Poggiolesi), “Mathematical and Metaphysical Explanation II - Explanation, Grounding and Dependance”, IUSS, 14-16 December 2017.
  • (org: Andrea Sereni, Ole Hjortland, Sebastiano Moruzzi), IUSS-Bergen-COGITO conference on Logical Pluralism and Anti-Exceptionalism, IUSS, March 7-9, 2019.

II. Invited Seminars (also pre-project)

  • Matthias Schirn (University of Munich) – Truth, Sense and Judgement. A Critical Examination of Frege’s Position - Apr 6, 2016
  • Robin Jeshion (University of Southern California) – What Good is Self-Evidence? - Jun 10, 2016
  • Massimiliano Carrara (Università di Padova) – On identity criteria (the case of artifacts) - Nov 23, 2016
  • Vincenzo Crupi (Università di Torino) – Rationality and reasoning research: A guide for the perplexed - Jan 24, 2017
  • Timothy Williamson (Oxford) – Is Logic about Validity? - Oct. 3, 2017
  • Pieranna Garavaso (U. Minnesota Morris) - Russell and Frege on the Power of Symbols and the Compositionality of Linguistic Expressions - Jan 10, 2018
  • John Wigglesworth (Vienna) - Scientific Realism without Mathematical Platonism: A Structuralist Approach - May 30, 2018
  • Carlo Nicolai (Utrecht / King's College) - Adopting and revising logics. Can we and should we? - Jun 12, 2018
  • Michele Lubrano (Torino/ILLC) - Vague existence and criteria of identity - Jun 28, 2018
  • Alexander Paseau (Oxford) - Capturing Consequence - Oct 2, 2018
  • Davide Rizza (East Anglia) - Mathematisation and Eulerian Treatment - Oct 17, 2018
  • Salvatore Florio (University of Birmingham) - Unrestricted Quantification and the Structure of Type Theory - Nov 19, 2018 (at San Raffaele)
  • Luca San Mauro (TU Wien) - Inductive Inference and Structures - Oct 30, 2018
  • Pauline van Wierst (Amsterdam) - The Conceptual Hierarchy in Bolzano's Conception of Grounding (joint work with Arianna Betti) - Dec 4, 2018
  • Ilaria Canavotto (Amsterdam, ILLC) - Connecting Norms and Ideality in Semantics for Deontic Logic (joint work with Alessandro Giordani) - Dec 11, 2018

III. Masterclasses

1. Gabriel Uzquiano (USC) - The Cardinal Problem of Absolute Generality - July 10.12, 2017

I. Cantor’s theorem: Uses and abuses
II. Class-forms of Cantor’s theorem
III.From Cantorian propositions to cardinal inequalities

2. Georg Schiemer (University of Vienna) - Mathematical Structuralism and Implicit Structure [link] - October 9-11, 2018

I. Two Ways to Think About Mathematical Structure
II.What is Implicit Structure?
III.Notions of Structural Equivalence

3. Ole Hjortland (University of Bergen) - Anti-Exceptionalism about Logic - March 5-7, 2019

Ia. What is logical exceptionalism?
Ib. Session Two: Early anti-exceptionalism
IIa. Contemporary anti-exceptionalism
IIb. Looking at logical methodology
IIIa. Abductivism & selection criteria
IIIb. Challenges to anti-exceptionalism

IV. Visiting and Fellowships (incoming and outgoing)

Incoming

- Gabriel Uzquiano (USC) – July 2017
- Francesca Poggiolesi (IHPST, Paris 1) – December 2017
- Georg Schiemer (University of Vienna) – October 2018
- Ole Hjortland (University of Bergen) – March 2019

Outgoing

Andrea Sereni:
- Erasmus+ Training Visit: University of Oxford, May-June 2017
- Erasmus+ Training Visit: IHPST, Paris 1, February 2017
- Erasmus+ Training Visit: University of Vienna, March 2018

Silvia Bianchi
-Erasmus+ Visit, University of Vienna, from March 2019

Luca Zanetti:
- Erasmus+ Visit, University of Oslo, April-May 2018
- Visit, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, September 2018
- Visiting Fellowship, Conceptlab Collaborative Fellowship Scheme, University of Oslo, January-February 2019

V. Dissemination, teaching, supervising

Member of the project are actively engaged in knowledge transfer through teaching, at both undergraduate and graduate level. These activities include:

Undergraduate classes and seminars. Andrea Sereni regularly teaches epistemology and philosophy of mathematics at the undergraduate course (BA and MA) at IUSS, and has been holding regularly teaching contracts on these subjects at San Raffaele University (MA). Mara Paola Sforza Fogliani has been giving undergraduates seminars series on the philosophy of logic at IUSS.

PhD courses. The NCFM PhD program yearly include at least one course in epistemology and philosophy of mathematics.

Advanced Reading Groups. Reading groups on project-related topics, also on themes of interest for the philosophy of mind research group, are regularly held. In the recent past, these have included, among others:

- reading group on Philosophy of Grounding and Explanation (2016)
- reading group on Essence, Structure and Russellian Monism (2017)
- reading group on Impredicativity and Abstraction (at San Raffaele) (2017/18)
- Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Change: Mind and Mathematics (2019)

NB: only project-related publications from 2018 onward are listed in this section.

Sereni, A. “Thin reference, metaontological minimalism and abstraction principles. The prospects for tolerant reductionism”. in Coliva, A., Leonardi, P. (eds.) Eva Picardi on Language, Analysis and History, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, 161-181.

Sereni, A. (with Marco Panza)(2018) “Frege’s Constraint and the Nature of Frege’s Foundational Program”, The Review of Symbolic Logic, doi:10.1017/S1755020318000278.

Sereni, A. Review of The Selected Correspondence of L.E.J. Browuer, ed. Dirk Van Dalen, (Springer, London Dordrecht, 2011), in Historia Mathematica, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hm.2018.03.001, 2018.

Sforza Fogliani, M. P. “Anti-Eccezionalismo Logico”, APhEx(18), 2018.

Zanetti, L. Review of Reality and Its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality, ed. Ricki Bliss and Graham Priest, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2018), in Argumenta, 7, 201-6, 2018.

A. Sereni, Sforza Fogliani M. P. (2017) “How to water a thousand flowers: on the logic of logical pluralism”. Inquiry.

Zanetti, L. (with Ciro De Florio), (2019) “On the Schwartzkopff-Rosen Principle”, Philosophia, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-019-00068-6.


In progress (submitted, forthcoming, etc.)

Sereni, A. Co-editor (with Francesca Boccuni), Origins and Varieties of Logicism. A Foundational Journey in the Philosophy of Mathematics, Routledge, Philosophy of Mathematics and Physics series, forthcoming

Sereni, A. Co.editor (with Filippo Ferrari, Sebastiano Moruzzi, Nikolaj Pedersen) Logical Pluralism and Normativity, Inquiry special issue, forthcoming.

Sereni, A.(forthcoming) (with Fabrice Pataut), Le dilemme de Benacerraf, in Précis de philosophie des mathématiques et de la logique (eds. A. Arana, M. Panza, F. Poggiolesi, P. Wagner).

Sereni, A. (under review) “On the philosophical significance of Frege’s Constraint”

Sforza Fogliani, M. P. (forthcoming), “Revising Logic: Anti-Exceptionalism and Circularity”,Proceedings of the IX Conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science.

Zanetti, L. (invited for submission). “Grounding”, APhEx.

Zanetti, L. (invited for submission). “Grounding Grundlagen”, FilMat Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics, Springer.

Bianchi, S. (invited for submission), “Ontological Dependence and Grounding for Weak Mathematical Structuralism”, Springer FilMat Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics.

 

Members talks [2018 onward, including forthcoming]

Andrea Sereni:

  • (with Luca Zanetti), “Minimalism, Trivialism, and Conceptual Grounding”, SIFA 2018, Novara, 05.09.2018.
  • “How not to Ground Abstraction”, 5th Panhellenic Conference in the philosophy of Science, Athens, 30.11-01.12.2018.
  • “Logicism with(out) Grounding?” University of Vienna, March 2018.
  • (with Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani and Luca Zanetti) “The good, the bad, and the pluralist, or: nothing exceptional about abstraction”, IUSS-Bergen-COGITO Conference Anti-Exceptionalism and Pluralisms: from Logics to Mathematics, IUSS Pavia, 09.03.2019.
  • (with Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani and Luca Zanetti), “A Roundabout Ticket to Pluralism”, First Annual Conference of The Middle East Society for Analytic Philosophy, American University in Cairo, 20.03.2019.
  • "Modelling  Minimalism and Trivialism in the Philosophy of Mathematics through a Notion of Conceptual Grounding" (w/ Andrea Sereni), 16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology – CLMPST2019, Prague, 5-10.08-2019 (contributed).
  • "A Roundabout Ticket to Pluralism" (w/ Andrea Sereni, Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani),  16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology – CLMPST2019, Prague, 5-10.08-2019 (contributed).

Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani:

  • (with Luca Zanetti), “For Better and for Worse: Abstractionism, Good Company, and Pluralism”, Varieties of Mathematical Abstraction Conference, Vienna, 01.08.2018.
  •  “On Defending Modus Ponens. Putative Counterexamples and Their Failures”, Kinds of Reasoning – IV FINO Graduate Conference in Mind, Language and Science, Vercelli, 03.09.2018; most promising abstract award: 150€ expense reimbursement.
  • “Revising Logic: Anti-Exceptionalism and Circularity”, SIFA 2018 – Philosophical Perspectives. The 13th conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Novara, 06.09.2018.
  • “Revising Logic: Anti-Exceptionalism and Circularity”, ENFA 7 – Encontro Nacional de Filosofia Analítica, Lisbon, 14.09.2018.
  • “Revising Logic: Anti-Exceptionalism and Circularity”, SLMFCE 9 – IX Conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Madrid, 14.11.2018.
  • “Who Watches the Watchmen? Anti-Exceptionalism, revisability and the methodology of logic”, IUSS-Bergen-COGITO Conference Anti-Exceptionalism and Pluralisms: from Logics to Mathematics, IUSS Pavia, 08.03.2019.
  • (with Andrea Sereni and Luca Zanetti), “The good, the bad, and the pluralist, or: nothing exceptional about abstraction”, IUSS-Bergen-COGITO Conference Anti-Exceptionalism and Pluralisms: from Logics to Mathematics, IUSS Pavia, 09.03.2019.
  • (with Andrea Sereni and Luca Zanetti), “A Roundabout Ticket to Pluralism”, First Annual Conference of The Middle East Society for Analytic Philosophy, American University in Cairo, 20.03.2019.
  • "What We Say, What Really Is: Explanation and Circularity in the Case of Logic", Explaining explanation using new developments in logic and formal semantics – ExLog2019, Louvain-la-Neuve, 6-8.05.2019.
  • "What Logic Could Not Be: Anti-Exceptionalism & the Ontology of Logical Laws", Bergen Early-Career Masterclass on Logical Epistemology, Bergen, 30-31.05.2019.
  • "What Logic Could Not Be: Anti-Exceptionalism & the Ontology of Logical Laws", Logic and Metaphysical Commitment – LMC2019, Haifa, 13-14.06.2019.
  • "Revising Logic: Anti-Exceptionalism and Circularity", 16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology – CLMPST2019, Prague, 5-10.08.2019.
  • (with Andrea Sereni & Luca Zanetti), "A Roundabout Ticket to Pluralism", 16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology – CLMPST2019, Prague, 5-10.08.2019.


Luca Zanetti:

  • “Good Company and Pluralism”, ConceptLab Flash Workshop, University of Oslo, 16.05.2018
  • “What Was the Ideal of Dependence in Frege’s Proofs”, 3rd International Conference of the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics (FilMat), Mussomeli, 26.11.2018.
  • “Grounds by T-biconditionals”, Workshop on Grounding, Oslo, 31.05.2018.
  • (with Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani), “For Better and for Worse: Abstractionism, Good Company, and Pluralism”, Varieties of Mathematical Abstraction Conference, Vienna, 01.08.2018.
  • “Grounding and Auto-Abstraction”, SIFA 2018 – Philosophical Perspectives. The 13th conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, FilMat Workshop on Abstractionism in the Philosophy of Mathematics, Novara, 05.09.2018.
  • (with Andrea Sereni), “Minimalism, Trivialism, and Conceptual Grounding”,The 13th conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, FilMat Workshop on Abstractionism in the Philosophy of Mathematics, Novara, 05.09.2018.
  • “‘Just Is’ Isn’t Just ‘Is’”, The 13th conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Novara, 07.09.2018 [Winner of SIFA Young Prize].
  • “‘Just Is’ Isn’t Just ‘Is’”, Work-in-progress Seminar, MIT, 28.09.2018.
  • “Pluralism about abstraction”, Formal Concepts Seminar, University of Oslo, 13.02.2019.
  • (with Andrea Sereni and Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani), “The good, the bad, and the pluralist, or: nothing exceptional about abstraction”, IUSS-Bergen-COGITO Conference Anti-Exceptionalism and Pluralisms: from Logics to Mathematics, IUSS Pavia, 09.03.2019.
  • (with Andrea Sereni and Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani), “A Roundabout Ticket to Pluralism”, First Annual Conference of The Middle East Society for Analytic Philosophy, American University in Cairo, 20.03.2019.
  • “‘Just is’ isn’t just ‘is’ (or is it?)”, MLM Graduate Conference, University of Durham, 03.05.2019.
  • "Open Texture and Logic", Atelier CCFR (Changement conceptuel et fixité de la référence), IHPST, Paris, June 2019 (invited).
  • (with Claudio Ternullo) "From Bolzano to Frege: A Cantorian Path", 4th SILFS Postgraduate Conference, Urbino, Italy, 3-7.06-2019 (contributed).
  • (wtih Andrea Sereni) "Modelling  Minimalism and Trivialism in the Philosophy of Mathematics through a Notion of Conceptual Grounding", 16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology – CLMPST2019, Prague, 5-10.08-2019 (contributed).
  • (with Andrea Sereni, Maria Paola Sforza Fogliani) "A Roundabout Ticket to Pluralism",  16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology – CLMPST2019, Prague, 5-10.08-2019 (contributed).


Silvia Bianchi:

  • “Thin Objects in the Scientific and Mathematical Structuralism: Ontological Dependence and Grounding for a Weak Approach”,SIFA 2018 – Philosophical Perspectives. The 13th Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Novara, 05.09.2018.
  • “Ontological Dependence and Grounding for Weak Mathematical Structuralism” – Philosophy of Mathematics: Objects, Structures and Logics. The 3d International Conference of the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics (FilMat), Mussomeli, 25.05.2018.
  • “Metaphysical Grounding as a Non-Foundationalist Explanation of Quantum Entanglement: On the Plausibility of Weak Structuralism and Thin Objects”, FraMEPhys/Gothenburg Conference, Metaphysical Explanation in Science, University of Birmingham, 10.01.2019.
  • “Metaphysical Explanation in Scientific Weak Structuralism (WS): a Non-Foundationalist Conception of Grounding”, Workshop on Non Causal Explanations: Logical, Linguistic and Philosophical Perspectives, University of Ghent, 09-10.05.19
  • ‘Introducing Thin Objects in Mathematical Structuralism: Ontological Dependence and Grounding for a Weak Approach’, Logic Cafè, University of Vienna, 20.05.18