Call for papers: Thematic issue of Annals of Mathematics and Philosophy M x Φ

Lautman and « la philosophie mathématique ».

Mathematical and philosophical inspirations, from Brunschvicg to Granger and beyond.

Thematic issue of Annals of Mathematics and Philosophy M x Φ

Guest editors:
Gabriella Crocco (Aix-Marseille University)
Frédéric Jaëck (Aix-Marseille University)

Deadline for submission: August 31, 2022

Notification date: November 15, 2022

Final version: December 31, 2022

Albert Lautman developed, in the course of his short career, a distinctive mathematical philosophy. It was engaged with the mathematics of his time, but also in a critical dialogue with a long philosophical tradition from Plato to his predecessors Léon Brunschvicg and Jean Cavaillès. After the Second World War, philosophers such as Jules Vuillemin, Gilles Gaston Granger and others continued this philosophical movement, in various forms, but all showing a genuine interest in the ideas developed in contemporary mathematical works.

If these authors, this line of thought and its guiding ideas – such as the will to never dissociate the philosophy of mathematics from philosophy, to never reduce the philosophy of mathematics to one of its components: ontology, logic, syntax… – are quite well studied in France and in Italy, they remain little known globally and are very seldom evoked outside of the few studies that are devoted to them.

It will be one of the objectives of this volume to develop and disseminate knowledge of this type of philosophical approach. Another is to encourage philosophers and mathematicians to take further on renewed bases, what Bachelard, speaking of Cavaillès and Lautman, described as a « heroic task of difficult thought ».

We encourage three types of submissions:

Submissions should follow the journal guidelines as detailed here.