BLC Newsletter - March 2014


BRITISH LOGIC COLLOQUIUM
Registered Charity No 275541

http://www.blc-logic.org

President           Professor H Dugald MacPherson [Leeds]
Vice-President      Professor Philip Welch [Bristol]
Treasurer           Dr Charlotte Kestner [Lancashire]
Secretary           Dr Paulo Oliva [London]
                   Dr Ulrich Berger [Swansea]
                   Professor Alexandre Borovik [Manchester]
                   Dr Peter Schuster [Leeds]

** Please send any items you would like included in the next newsletter to Paulo Oliva (p.oliva@qmul.ac.uk)
** DEADLINE: Send items by the 10th of the month, as newsletters will be sent around the 15th of each month.

Contents:
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1) British Logic Colloquium new website
2) Conference celebrating Philip Welch's 60th birthday - final reminder to register
3) Special Issue on Maximum Entropy Applied to Inductive Logic and Reasoning (CfEoI)
4) "Proof, Truth, Computation" Summer School, 20-25 July 2014, Chiemsee

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1) British Logic Colloquium new website

The BLC has got a brand new website:

http://www.blc-logic.org

If you have a link to the BLC from your website, we would encourage you to update the link,
as the old site will eventually be taken out.

Note that all BLC members can access the “members-only” area of the site, which contains
minutes of BLC meetings and BLC accounts, plus eventual publishers discount on books for BLC members.
If you wish to access the site please contact the BLC secretary (p.oliva@qmul.ac.uk) for login
and password.

Some information on the site is currently slightly outdated, but we are in the process of making
is more up-to-date.

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2) Conference celebrating Philip Welch's 60th birthday - final reminder to register

In celebration of Philip Welch's 60th birthday, a conference will take place on 22-23
March 2014 at the University of Bristol in the Wills Reception Room, Clifton Hill House.

Please indicate numbers by emailing kentaro.fujimoto@bristol.ac.uk also stating whether you wish to come 
to the conference dinner by March 20th. There is no registration fee.

See: https://www.bris.ac.uk/philosophy/csp/birthday_conference

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3) Special Issue on Maximum Entropy Applied to Inductive Logic and Reasoning

Call for expressions of interest

Please contact us (j.landes@kent.ac.uk) by 31st March 2014 if you would be interested in submitting
a paper to this special issue. The submission deadline is likely to be 15th of September 2014, and
the journal is likely to be the open access journal Entropy.

Since E.T. Jaynes showed how maximising Shannon Entropy can be applied to rational belief formation,
Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) methods have played an important role in inductive reasoning. This special
issue provides a forum for proponents, opponents and practitioners to discuss and advance the current
state of the art.

Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

   + Philosophical accounts of MaxEnt methods for inductive logic,
   + Philosophical accounts of MaxEnt methods for reasoning
     — We explicitly welcome contributions arguing for or against MaxEnt methods.
   + MaxEnt methods for rational agents
     – in a single, a multi-agent or an autonomous agent setting.
   + Applications of MaxEnt to inductive logic.
   + Axiomatic accounts of MaxEnt in inductive logic.
   + Applications of MaxEnt to reasoning in general.
   + Axiomatic accounts of MaxEnt to reasoning in general.
   + Connections of MaxEnt to scoring rules.
   + Surveys of the ``state of the art” in one of the above areas.
   + Historical perspectives on MaxEnt and inductive logic with a focus on where we stand today.

Editors: This special issue will be edited by Jon Williamson and Juergen Landes.

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4) "Proof, Truth, Computation" Summer School, 20-25 July 2014, Chiemsee

This is to invite young researchers (PhD students and post-docs) to apply for the upcoming summer school

"Proof, Truth, Computation. Modern Foundations of Mathematics and Contemporary Philosophy".

Application by female scientists is particularly encouraged.

The event will take place from 21st to 25th July 2014 (arrival 20th July afternoon, departure 25th July after
noon) in the Benedictine nunnery Frauenwoerth on the Fraueninsel in Chiemsee between Munich and Salzburg:

http://www.frauenwoerth.de/english/

The Volkswagen Foundation will kindly sponsor this event:

http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en/foundation.html

Important dates:

Deadline for application: 17th March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 24st March 2014
Communication of precise air fare (if applicable): 31st March 2014

Applications are to be sent, in a single PDF document, by email, to ptc14@math.lmu.de

PhD students need to send a CV of at most 2 pages, a brief letter of motivation and one letter of reference. Postdocs
only need to send a CV of at most 2 pages. All applicants need to tell whether they also apply for funding and, if so,
to which extent. Only a limited amount of funding is available. Applicants for funding are expected to stay for the whole
week, and to tell the extent to which they can be funded by other sources.

If your application for funding is successful, then you will be offered reimbursement of the travel and lodging expenses
that you cannot cover from other sources. This will require that you choose the cheapest travel option, and that you book
your trip by 31st March 2014 in case of flights and by the earliest possible date in case of long-distance trains. We hope
to be able to contribute partially to your subsistence expenses (meals).

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner - the latter two excluding drinks) for four and a half days will be EUR 180. PhD
students and postdocs are expected to share double rooms, for EUR 125 each person for the whole week (5 nights).

Organising committee:

Hannes Leitgeb 
Iosif Petrakis 
Peter Schuster 
Helmut Schwichtenberg 

Enquiries are to be directed to: ptc14@math.lmu.de