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History and Philosophy of Computing, Ghent, Nov 7-10, 2011

From 7-10 November 2011 the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science organizes an International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing.


The computing sciences collect the most diverse complex of experts: philosophers, logicians, historians, mathematicians, computer scientists, programmers, engineers. The number of involved subjects grows accordingly: from foundational issues to their applications; from philosophical questions to problems of realizability and design of specifications; from theoretical studies of computational barriers to the relevance of machines for educational purposes.

A historical awareness of the evolution of computing not only helps to clarify the complex structure of the computing sciences, but it also provides an insight in what computing was, is and maybe could be in the future. Philosophy, on the other hand, helps to tackle some of the fundamental problems of computing, going from the limits of the “mathematicizing power of homo sapiens”to the design of feasible and concrete models of interactive processes.

The aim of this conference is to bring together these two streams: we are strongly convinced that an interplay between the researchers with an interest in the history and philosophy of computing can crucially add to the maturity of the field.

We plan to have up to 30 contributed papers to be presented at the conference. We welcome contributions from logicians and philosophers or historians of science as well as from philosophically and/or historically aware computer scientists and mathematicians.

Topics of the conference include:

  • The birth, evolution and future of computation

  • Philosophical, foundational and practical issues of computability in logic, mathematics and computer science

  • Computation in the sciences

More details on deadlines and submissions can be found at:


Bill Aspray (University of Texas)

Martin Davis (New York University)

Fairouz Kamareddine (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)

Sybille Krämer (Freie Universität Berlin)

Giovanni Sambin (Universita' di Padova)

Raymond Turner (University of Essex)


Liesbeth De Mol and Giuseppe Primiero


G. Alberts (Amsterdam)

S. Artemov (New York)

M. Campbell-Kelly (Warwick)

A. Eden (Essex)

L. Floridi (Oxford & Hertfordshire)

R. Kahle (Lisbon)

B. Loewe (Amsterdam)

J. Meheus (Ghent)

E. Myin (Antwerp)

S. Negri (Helsinki)

V. de Paiva (Palo Alto)

S. Smets (Groningen)

G. Sundholm (Leiden)

C. Toffalori (Camerino)

J.P. van Bendegem (Brussels)

M. van Dyck (Ghent)

B. van Kerkhove (Brussels & Hasselt)

E. Weber (Ghent)


A number of Students Grants will be available through our Sponsor and Supporting Associations. More details to come on the webpage of the conference.