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Schirn, Matthias

Prof. Dr. (i.R.) Matthias Schirn

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Analytische Philosophie, Philosophie der Logik und Mathematik, Sprachphilosophie, Erkenntnistheorie

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I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Freiburg in 1974 with a thesis on identity and synonymy in logic and semantics and subsequently taught at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and at Michigan State University. My research during this time focused on theories of meaning for natural languages and intensional semantics, and I continued working in this area at the University of California at Berkeley, St. John’s College (Oxford), Harvard University and at Wolfson College (Oxford). In 1985, I was awarded my habilitation at the University of Regensburg with a thesis on Frege’s philosophy of mathematics. Since 1987 I have held a distinguished Fiebiger-Professorship at the University of Munich (LMU) and since 2012 I have been a member of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy. I have also taught at the University of Minnesota (1989), the State University of Campinas (1991), the National University of Buenos Aires (1992), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1993, 1994, 1997), the National University San Marcos in Lima (2009) and numerous other universities in Europe and Latin America. I have published in Mind, Synthese, Erkenntnis, Axiomathes, The Journal of Symbolic Logic, Reports an Mathematical Logic, History and Philosophy of Logic, Logique et Analyse, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Metascience, Dialectica, Kantstudien, Theoria, Crítica, Manuscrito, Analítica and other international journals. I have given invited talks at many of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the United States of America, Latin America, Asia and Australia. In May 2014, I delivered a series of lectures on Frege’s philosophy of mathematics at the University of Oxford and carried out related research at Wolfson College.

Research Interests

Philosophy and history of logic; philosophy of mathematics; proof theory; philosophy of language and intensional semantics; epistemology; the philosophies of Aristotle, Kant, Frege, Hilbert, Russell and Wittgenstein

Awards

  • Research fellowship of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: 1978-1980 and 1986-1988.
  • Research grant of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and CONARE, National University of Costa Rica, Heredia, 2000.
  • Research grant of DAAD and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES), Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, 2009.
  • Research grant of DAAD and CAPES, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2011.
  • Research fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Kyoto University, 2014.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • 2013 Frege’s Approach to the Foundations of Analysis (1874-1903), History and Philosophy of Logic 34, 266-292.
  • 2014 Frege’s Logicism and the Neo-Fregean Project, Axiomathes 24, 207-243.
  • 2014 Frege on Quantities and Real Numbers in Consideration of the Theories of Cantor, Russell and Others, in Formalism and Beyond. On the Nature of Mathematical Discourse, ed. G. Link, de Gruyter, Boston/Berlin, 25-95.
  • 2015 Second-Order Abstraction Before and After Russell’s Paradox, forthcoming in Essays on Frege’s Basic Laws of Arithmetic, eds. P. Ebert and M. Rossberg, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 48 pages.
  • 2015 On the Nature, Role and Proof of Hume’s Principle in Frege’s Logicist Project, forthcoming in Early Analytic Philosophy. New Perspectives on the Tradition, ed. V. S. Costreie, Springer, Dordrecht, 46 pages.
  • 2015 Logical Objects by Abstraction, Referentiality, and First-Order Domain, forthcoming, 73 pages.
  • 2016 Funktion, Gegenstand, Bedeutung. Freges Philosophie und Logik im Kontext, forthcoming, approx. 500 pages.
  • 2016 In preparation: Number and Concept. Essays on Frege’s Philosophy of Mathematics, approx. 350 pages.

International Conferences Organized

  • Foundational Problems in Frege and in Modern Logic, Munich, 8 to 13 July 1991. The Proceedings volume (ed. M. Schirn) Frege: Importance and Legacy was published by de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1996, 466 pages.
  • Philosophy of Mathematics Today, Munich, 28 June to 4 July 1993. The Proceedings volume (ed. M. Schirn) The Philosophy of Mathematics Today was published by Oxford University Press, Oxford 1998 (paperback edition 2003), 638 pages.

Recent and Current Research Related Activities

  • 2009 Research Professor at Universidade Federal de Ceará, Fortaleza (DAAD/CAPES), research project: Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics (March-April).
  • 2007-2011 Invited member of the International Research Project “The Imaginary, the Ideal and the Infinite in Mathematics. Their Theory, History, and Philosophical Understanding”, organized by Michael Detlefsen and Godehard Link and sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. My paper ‘Frege on Quantities and Real Numbers in Consideration of the Theories of Cantor, Russell and Others’, deriving from this project, appeared in Formalism and Beyond. On the Nature of Mathematical Discourse, ed. G. Link, Walter de Gruyter, Boston/Berlin 2014, 25-95.
  • 2011 Research Professor at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (DAAD/CAPES), research project: Truth and Truth-Value in the Analytic and Logical Tradition (October-December).
  • 2014 Research Professor at Université de Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, at Marco Panza's invitation within his current research project ‘Mathematical Objectivity by Representation’ (June).
  • 2014 Research Professor at Kyoto University, research project: Frege’s philosophy of geometry and Klein’s and Pasch’s reflections on intuition in geometry; research fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (October-November).

Other Academic Activities

Referee for Mind (repeatedly), Erkenntnis (several times), Synthese, History and Philosophy of Logic, and other international journals.

Invited lectures (recent and forthcoming)

2013

  • ‘The True and the Truth About “Is True”. A Critical Examination of Frege’s View’, National University of Singapore, 24 January.
  • ‘Logical Objects by Abstraction and Their Criteria of Identity’, Lingnan University in Hong Kong, 28 January.
  • ‘The True and the Truth About “Is True”. A Critical Examination of Frege’s View’, Hong Kong University, 31 January.
  • ‘Logical Objects by Abstraction and Their Criteria of Identity’, Stanford University, Logic Seminar led by Solomon Feferman and Grigori Mints, 19 March.
  • ‘Logical Objects by Abstraction and Their Criteria of Identity’, University of California at Irvine, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, 22 March.
  • ‘Logical Objects by Abstraction and Their Criteria of Identity’, University of Florence, Logic Seminar led by Andrea Cantini and Pierluigi Minari, 3 May.
  • ‘Hilbert’s Finitism, the Concept of Infinity, and the Decision Problem’, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, 22 October.
  • ‘Logical Objects by Abstraction and Their Criteria of Identity’, Tokyo Forum of Analytic Philosophy led by Richard Dietz, University of Tokyo, 24 October.
  • ‘Hilbert and Wittgenstein on the Consistency of Mathematical Theories’, Keio University, Tokyo, 25 October.
  • ‘Hilbert and Wittgenstein on the Consistency of Mathematical Theories’, Kyoto University, 31 October.
  • ‘Hilbert’s Metamathematics, Finitist Consistency Proofs and the Concept of Infinity’, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU, 20 November.

2014

  • ‘Nombres propios, referencia identificatoria e identidad’, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, 6 February.
  • ‘On Finitism and Some of Its Problems’, University of Vienna, Institute Vienna Circle, Philosophy Lectures, 6 March.
  • ‘The True and the Truth About Is True’, University of Sidney, 12 March.
  • ‘The True and the Truth About Is True’, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, 24 March.
  • ‘Logical Abstraction and Logical Objects’, University of Oxford, Philosophy of Mathematics Seminar led by Volker Halbach, Daniel Isaacson and James Studd, 12 May.
  • ‘Value-Range Terms, Referentiality and First-Order Domain’, International Workshop ‘Frege and Neo-Fregeanism’ at Université de Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, organized by Marco Panza, 13 June.
  • ‘Logical Objects by Abstraction, Referentiality and First-Order Domain’, University of Miami, 2 October.
  • ‘The Ontology of Abstract Objects and Our Knowledge of Them', Kyushu University, Fukuoka, 14 October.
  • ‘Frege’s Philosophy of Geometry’, Kyoto University, 17 October.
  • ‘The Finite and the Infinite’, Tohoku University, Sendai, 20 October.
  • ‘Hilbertian Proof Theory and its Philosophical Background’, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 22 October.
  • ‘Frege and Kantian Epistemology’, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 23 October.
  • ‘The Finite and the Infinite’, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 28 October.
  • ‘Abstraction and Referential Indeterminacy’, National University of Singapore, 13 November.
  • ‘On Finitism and Some of Its Problems’, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 14 November.
  • ‘Proper Names, Definite Descriptions and Our Identifying Reference to Objects’, Assumption University of Bangkok, 19 November.
  • ‘Meaning and Truth’, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 21 November.
  • ‘Second-Order Abstraction and Referential Indeterminacy’, lecture in the Colloquium on Mathematical Logic, Utrecht University, 11 December.

2015

  • ‘Frege’s Logical Objects par excellence and the Problem of Referential Indeterminacy of Abstract Singular Terms’, Ghent University, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, 20 April.
  • ‘The Finite and the Infinite. Reflections on Hilbert’s Metamathematics’, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, 21 April.
  • ‘Truth and Judgement’, Catholic University of Leuven (Louvain), Center for Logic and Analytic Philosophy Colloquium, 22 April.
  • ‘The Consistency of Mathematical Theories: Wittgenstein contra Hilbert’, The University of Chicago, Wittgenstein-Workshop, invited principal speaker, 30 April.