Visual Reasoning and Intuition in Mathematics


International Public Conference from June 29 to July 1, 2017, at Freie Universität Berlin

‘ 170/2017 from Jun 26, 2017

A conference to be held at the Institute of Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin from June 29 to July 1, 2017, will address visual reasoning and intuition. Scholars from Germany and abroad will discuss how Kant’s idea of the decisive role of "Anschauung" (intuition) in mathematics can be rehabilitated. They will examine how understanding visual practices can change notions of mathematical thinking, as well as look into which opportunities arise from digitalization and how they transform mathematical practice. The conference language will be English. The conference is public, and admission is free. Advance registration is requested via the contact address.

Is mathematics only about proof? Do mathematicians only intend completely to formalize their sentences? "While looking for its foundations, philosophers and mathematicians have often conceived mathematics as a hierarchic and uniform edifice of ideas," says Dr. h. c. Sybille Krämer from the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität, who organized the conference. A praxeological view reverses this image. There is no mathematics without the use of visible signs, be they geometrical figures or sequences of symbols. Mathematics is, moreover, not just a form of knowledge, but part of the understanding of our world. The conference participants will focus on practices that are based on intuition and visualization.

The opening address will be given by Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer, a professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Leipzig. The topic is "Geometrical Diagrams and Ideal Forms. Logical Syntax in the Constitution of Pure Intuition."

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