Mathematics in Philosophy: Purity and Idealization


Location: Eck Visitors Center (View on

March 22-23, 2019

Eck Visitors Center, University of Notre Dame


In honor of the 70th birthday of Professor Mic Detlefsen, the University of Notre Dame will host a conference on twin themes in Detlefsen's work: Purity and Idealization in the Philosophy of Mathematics. All are welcome.


All registered participants will be guests of the University for lunch and dinner on March 23.

In addition to the following Invited Speakers, we invite submissions from graduate students for contributed talks on topics related to the conference theme.  Student contributions (complete paper or extended abstract, suitable for a 30-minute presentation) should be sent to Patricia Blanchette ( by January 10, 2019.  Funding is available for travel and lodging for those presenting papers.

Invited Speakers  

Mic 70th Conference

Andy Arana, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne
Karine Chemla, CNRS
Emmylou Haffner, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal
Geoffrey Hellman, University of Minnesota
Graham Leach-Krouse, Kansas State University
Timothy McCarthy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Anand Pillay, University of Notre Dame
Christopher Porter, Drake University
Stewart Shapiro, The Ohio State University
Sean Walsh, University of California, Los Angeles

There is no registration fee, but please do register if you plan to attend, so that we can have accurate numbers for catering. Registration here.

For questions, contact Patricia Blanchette


We have reserved a block of rooms at a nearby hotel. For the group rate, please book prior to February 24, 2019, at this link:

Book your group rate for Math in Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by:

Notre Dame Arts and Letters Henkels Lecture Fund
Notre Dame Office of Research
The Philip Quinn Memorial Fund

The following colleagues:

Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy
Patricia Blanchette,  Glynn Honors Professor of Philosophy
Richard Cross, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy
Daniel Nolan, McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy
Anand Pillay, William J. Hank Professor of Mathematics
Michael Rea, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy
Christopher Shields, Shuster Professor of Philosophy
Paul Weithman, Glynn Honors Professor of Philosophy