Jean Paul Van Bendegem
University of Ghent
Free University of Brussels
18 August 2006
Jean Paul Van Bendegem is at present full time professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels) where he teaches courses in logic and philosophy of science. He is director of the Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (www.vub.ac.be/CLWF/) where currently eleven researchers are working. He is also president of the National Center for Research in Logic (http://www.lofs.ucl.ac.be:16080/cnrl/), founded in 1955 by, among others, Chaïm Perelman and Leo Apostel. He is the editor of the journal Logique et Analyse (http://www.vub.ac.be/CLWF/L&A/). His research focuses on two themes: the philosophy of strict finitism and the development of a comprehensive theory of mathematical practice. A forthcoming publication, edited jointly with Bart Van Kerkhove is Perspectives on Mathematical Practices. Bringing together Philosophy of Mathematics, Sociology of Mathematics, and Mathematics Education (Dordrecht: Springer/Kluwer Academic, 2006). His personal website is to be found at: http://www.vub.ac.be/CLWF/members/jean/index.shtml.
Books as co-editor : (editor, co-editor: Bart Van Kerkhove), Perspectives on Mathematical Practices. Bringing together Philosophy of Mathematics, Sociology of Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. Dordrecht: Springer, 2007.
(editor, co-editor: Karen François), Philosophical Dimensions in Mathematics Education. New York: Springer, 2007. (Mathematics Education Library 42).
Articles “How not to discuss about the relations between science and religion”. In: E. Laureys; J. Van Otten; L. Versweyveld & C. Vonck (eds.), Acta Comparanda van de Faculteit Vergelijkende Godsdienstwetenschappen, volume XVIII. Antwerp : FVG, 2007, pp. 5-16.
“On the position of the educationalist intellectual in the information age: shouldn’t we become meta-modern artists?” (co-author: Kathleen Coessens). In: Paul Smeyers & Marc Depaepe (eds.), Educational Research: Networks and Technologies. New York : Springer, 2007, pp. 71-83.
Other things worth mentioning: I am still Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at my home university
I would like to report for the annual review that this year the following paper of mine was published: “The Possibility of Discrete Time”. In: Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 145-162. Apart from that, next academic year I will enjoy a sabbatical leave from my university.
Two nice publications to mention. The first one is related to my research project on strict finitism: "The Possibility of Discrete Time”. In: Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 145-162. The second one is related to my research on the philosophy of mathematical practice. It is an edited volume, together with Valeria Giardino, Amirouche Moktefi & Sandra Mols:From Practice to Results in Mathematics and Logic, a special issue of Philosophia Scientiae, volume 16, cahier 1, 2012
- “Mathematical Arguments and Distributed Knowledge” (co-authors: Bart Van Kerkhove & Patrick Allo). In: Andrew Aberdein & Ian J. Dove (eds.), The Argument of Mathematics. New York: Springer, 2013, pp. 339-360.
- “The Impact of the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice on the Philosophy of Mathematics”. In: Léna Soler; Sjoerd Zwart; Michael Lynch & Vincent Israel-Jost (eds.), Science After the Practice Turn in the Philosophy, History, and Social Studies of Science. London: Routledge, 2014, pp. 215-226.
- “Significs and mathematics: creative and other subjects”. Semiotica, vol. 196, nr. 1/4, 2013, pp. 307-323.
- “The inconsistency of mathematics and the mathematics of inconsistency”. In: Peter Vickers & Otavio Bueno (eds.), Is Science Inconsistent?, special issue of Synthese, 2014, doi: 10.1007/s11229-014-0474-6.
“Argumentation and Pseudo-Science: The Case for an Ethics of Argumentation”. In: Massimo Pigliucci & Maarten Boudry (eds.), The Philosophy of Pseudo-ScienceChicago: Chicago University Press, 2013, pp. 287-304.