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Workshop: Proof Theory and Philosophy

On December 3-5 2013, the Department of Theoretical Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen will host the workshop ‘Proof Theory and Philosophy’, jointly organized by the VIDI projects ‘The Roots of Deduction’ and ‘Logics for Intelligent Interaction: Expressivity and Succictness’, and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy.

Proof Theory and Philosophy

Since its beginnings in the early 20th century, proof theory remains one of the main areas of research in logic. However, as logic became increasingly ‘mathematical’, proof theory’s original connections with philosophical questions became somewhat obscured by developments in technical and computational aspects and applications.

This workshop aims at reviving the inherent philosophical interest of proof theory, and at showcasing a number of interesting applications that the framework can have for long-standing philosophical and logical questions. Moreover, it will foster philosophical discussions on the foundations of proof theory as an area of inquiry, including the very concept of a proof and the conceptual, philosophical import of key results such as normalization, cut elimination, admissibility and derivability of rules. Finally, since the growing interest in modal proof theory is challenging and reshaping philosophical debates, the workshop will provide a forum for the discussion of ongoing research across proof theory and philosophical logics.


  • Dora Achourioti (UvA, Amsterdam)
  • Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Groningen)
  • Norbert Gratzl (MCMP, Munich)
  • Ole Hjortland (MCMP, Munich)
  • Rosalie Iemhoff TBC (Utrecht)
  • Laurent Keiff (Lille)
  • Paolo Maffezioli (Groningen)
  • Sara Negri (Helsinki)
  • Giuseppe Primiero (London)
  • Stephen Read TBC (St. Andrews)
  • Olivier Roy (MCMP, Munich)
  • Göran Suldholm TBC (Leiden)
  • Luca Tranchini (Tübingen)


The workshop is open to all, but please register by sending a message to rootsofdeduction 'at' with the subject 'Registration for proof theory workshop', stating your name and affiliation.

Time and Place

The workshop will begin around 3PM on December 3rd and will end at 1PM on December 5th. It will take place at the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen (Oude Boteringestraat 52, Groningen).

More info

Workshop website

Last modified:07 October 2013 11.44 a.m.