Updating Indispensabilities: Hilary Putnam in Memoriam

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Updating Indispensabilities. Hilary Putnam in Memoriam

November the 30th, December the 1st, 2016

Site: Sala Hipatia, Facultad de Filosofía, USC, Santiago de Compostela

Organized by:

EPISTEME, research group

Research Project:


“The explanatory function of abstract objects: nature and cognoscibility”


Financed by:

Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity




November the 30th, 2016

09:45 Indispensability arguments and the metaphysics of mathematical objects  Matteo Plebani (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

10:30 Discussion

11:15 Break (Paperwork for payment included)

12:00h. Mathematics and Ethics without Ontology, Mary Leng, (University of York)

12:45 Discussion

13:30 Lunch


15:30h Putnam’s Indispensability Argument Revisited, Reassessed, Revived Otávio Bueno (Department of Philosophy University of Miami)

16:15 Discussion

17:00 Break

17:15 The Intuitive Nature of Numbers and the Basis of Structuralism
Mario Gómez Torrente (Instituto de Investigaciones filosóficas, UNAM)

18:00- 18:45 Discussion


December the 1st, 2016

10:00h. Putnam and contemporary fictionalism, Concha Martínez-Vidal (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

10:45h. Discussion

11:30h. Break

12:00h. Mathematical Explanation and Indispensability

Susan Vineberg (Wayne State University, USA)

12:45h. Discussion

13:30h. Lunch

15:30h Hilary Putnam on Methodological Practice and Ontology, José M. Sagüillo (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

16:15h. Discussion

17:00h. Break

17:15h. Naturalism, Indispensability and Causal Nominalism

Sorin Bangu (University of Bergen, Norway)

18:00h- 18:45h Discussion

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