The 20th Annual Midwest PhilMath Workshop (MWPMW)


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MWPMW 20 will meet on the University of Notre Dame campus Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th, 2019.


As usual, we will have a full day of talks and discussions on Saturday, and a half-day on Sunday.

We are pleased to say that, once again, Mrs. Lauri Roberts will serve as our workshop manager.

If you have questions concerning lodging, special dietary requirements for either of the group meals, please contact her at Lauri Roberts.

All who attend the workshop are welcome to share the noon and evening meals as guests of the university.

Please let us know for each meal whether you would like to attend.

You may indicate this when you register for the workshop, which you may do at registration

Please complete the registration form. It will help us be better organized and also help us keep better records for the workshop.

You should also make lodging reservations soon. There is a block of rooms being held for us until October 9th at the Fairfield Inn and Suites near the Notre Dame campus. You may book a room there by going to Fairfield Inn and Suites (MWPMW 20).





SESSION 1: Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:00 am: Doug Marshall  “Impurity of Methods in Finite Geometry”

10:10 am: Daniel Sutherland “Euclid and Kant: From Mereology to Mathematics”

11:20 am: Patricia Marino – “On the Use of Mathematics in Economics: Formalism, Fit, and Physics”


12:30 – 1:55 Lunch


SESSION 2: Saturday, November 9, 2019

2:00 pm: Marc Lange “Inference to the Best Explanation as a Form of Non-Deductive Reasoning in Mathematics”

3:10 pm: William Dalessandro  “Proving Quadratic Reciprocity: Explanation, Disagreement, Transparency and Depth”

4:20 pm: Patrick Ryan “Szemerédi’s Theorem: An Exploration of Mathematical Content and Explanation”

5:30 pm: Ellen Lehet – “The Explanatory Value of Category Theory”


6:45 pm – Reception

7: 15 pm - Dinner


SESSION 3: Sunday, November 10, 2019

9:00 am: John Baldwin “The Reasonable Effectiveness of Model Theory in Mathematics”

10:10 am: Bernd Buldt “Gödel – Husserl – Platonism”

11:20 am:  Rebecca Morris “Intellectual Generosity and Diversity in Mathematics”


Adjournment: 12:30 pm


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