Entertaining June

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Keine hochfliegenden Gedanken für heute. Bloß zwei Juni-Musikstücke vor und nach dem Englischtext, die ich seit eh‘ und je liebe, und der Link zu einer Konferenz, in der ich die aristotelische Sau rauslasse.

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No big philosophy for today. Just two songs that pertain to June and that I’ve loved for years and years, and a link to a conference in which I’ll have an Aristotelian agenda to defend.


Last debt to a dead friend

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Gerade eben korrigierte ich Hansens Beitrag in UNILOG 2013 in Rio de Janeiro fertig. Die Kongressakten mit dem wenig bescheidenen aber akkuraten Titel: The Aftermath of the Logical Paradise, hg. von Béziau et al., werden bald erwartet.

Hans wollte noch vor der Publikation des logischen Paradieses lieber schnell das himmlische Paradies erleben.

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I just finished the proof-reading of Hans’s contribution in UNILOG 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. The Aftermath of the Logical Paradise, ed. by Béziau et al., is expected to be shortly published and to give a picture of the event.

Hans, unfortunately if you ask me, preferred to see the heavenly paradise before the logical one.

TeX and rust

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Nach Jahren der Pause arbeite ich wieder mit TeX. Ich kämme Hans Burkhardts Text aus Jean-Yves Béziaus Universallogik-Kongress in Rio de Janeiro. Ein letzter Dienst an den toten Freund.

Nun, es ist unglaublich, wie schnell ich verrostete. Ich gucke die ganze Zeit nach! „Hmmm, wie war jetzt noch mal die TeX-Syntax dazu?“

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Years after, I’m working with TeX again. Just proofreading Hans Burkhardt’s paper from Jean-Yves Béziau’s Universal-Logic congress in Rio de Janeiro. A last service to the friend who passed away.

And it’s ridiculous how fast I got rusty. I have to check for the syntax of TeX features I had been using constantly.

New Dimensions (UPDATED)

It’s hot.

And fresh like the first day of spring.

And it’s in.

And finally out…

The contributions:

Jean-Yves Béziau / Stamatios Gerogiorgakis, „The Many Dimensions of the Square of Opposition. Introduction“

Paul J.E. Dekker, „Heraclitean Oppositions“

Juliette Lemaire, „Is Aristotle the Father of the Square of Opposition?“

Stamatios Gerogiorgakis, „A Vindication of a secundum-quid-et-simpliciter Solution of the Paradox of Epimenides by Way of Mereological Hexagons“

Enrique Alvarez and Manuel Correia, „Conversion and Opposition: Traditional and Theoretical Formulations“

Régis Angot-Pellissier, „Taoist Logical Hexagon. The Philosophical Meaning of 3-opposition and Weak 2-opposition in Cosmology“

Ka-fat Chow, „Opposition Inferences and Generalized Quantifiers“

Claudio Pizzi, „Contingency Logics and Modal Squares of Opposition“

Christan de Ronde, Hector Freytes and Graciela Domenech, „Quantum Mechanics and the Interpretation of the Orthomodular Square of Opposition“

Luca Tranchini and Michael Arndt, „A Constructive View of the Square of Oppositions“

Aytollah Zadeh Shirazi, „2n-polygon of Opposition and 2n-tuples Satisfying It“

François Nicolas, „The Hexagon of Opposition in Music“

Jean-Yves Béziau, „Opposition and Order“

Jonas R. Becker Arenhart and Décio Krause, „Oppositions and Quantum Mechanics: Superposition and Identity“

Katarzyna Gan-Krzywoszyńska and Piotr Leśniewski, „An Erotetic Hexagon: Oppositions as a Basis for the Logic of Questions“

Fabio Tfouni, „Interdiction and Silence: A Traditional Reading of the Square of Opposition“

Dubrovnik calling

When I see that Srećko, Kordula and Jean-Yves are in the same time at the same place, I automatically look where my name is mentioned.

Alas, I know that I won’t be able to join them this time AT THIS AWESOME CONFERENCE, FOR THIS AWESOME PROJECT, IN THIS AWESOME CONTEXT:



Inter-University Center (IUC) Dubrovnik, Don Frana Bulića 4, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Keynote speakers  

Jean-Yves Béziau, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Wolfgang Künne, University of Hamburg

Conference Committee

Gianfranco Basti, Pontifical Lateran University, Vatican City

Grzegorz Bugajak, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw

Johannes Czermak, University of Salzburg

Filip Grgić, Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb

Srećko Kovač, Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb

Edward Nieznański, Łazarski University, Warsaw

Kordula Świętorzecka, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw

Berislav Žarnić, University of Split


The general subject of the conference are problems of philosophical ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind that are formulated or solved using formal methods (as defined in logic, mathematics, formal linguistics, theoretical computer science, information science, AI) and/or with references to the results of natural and social sciences.

The following special topics will be addressed:

– use of formal methods in philosophy,

– philosophical analysis of scientific notions (natural law, matter, change, cause, chance, time, space, uncertainty, quantum phenomena, probability, social interaction),

– philosophical analysis of scientific methods (formalisms, rationality, values and norms, etc.),

– the role and use of scientific notions and methods in philosophy (formal systems in philosophy, critical analysis, systematic philosophy, etc.).

A special session will be organized under the title „Logic, concepts and communication“. The session will address the following topics: the intensional foundations of logic and its primitive concepts, logical foundations of ontology, role of concepts in knowledge, logic and logical concepts in the context of inter-agent communication (in connection with the research project IP-2014-09-9378 funded by the Croatian Science Foundation, http://logiccom.projekti.ifzg.hr/doku.php).

The following panel discussion will be held: „Proposal of a BD/MD/PhD in philosophy on: Philosophy & Computer Science. A perspective for applied formal philosophy“.

Moderator: Gianfranco Basti, Pontifical Lateran University, Vatican City.

There will be also a PhD session with 20 minutes talks followed by 10 minutes discussion.

Language: English; conference fee: 80 EUR.

There are limited possibilities for accommodation at the venue of the conference. Please, see https://www.iuc.hr/accomodation.php or contact us at fmsph@ifzg for the information. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover the costs of the accommodation.


Please, submit a 600 characters abstract for a 30 minutes talk (+ 10 minutes discussion).

Deadline for abstract submission: March 31, 2017.

Please, indicate if the abstract is meant for a PhD session.

Abstracts should be sent to skovac@ifzg.hr or k.swietorzecka@uksw.edu.pl.

Notification of acceptance will be sent within one week after receiving the abstract.

Organizing institutions

Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb

Institute of Philosophy of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw

Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik.

A peer reviewer’s algorithm

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Wer meint, etwas Neues sagen zu können, bejammert die Situation. Der Rest versucht nach Krämerseelenart kleine Karrierebausteine in Form von nichtssagenden und innerhalb von Wochen in Vergessenheit zu geratenden Aufsätzen aufeinander zu legen. Denn das ist das Einzige, was man bei diesem degenerierten Peer-Review-System machen kann. Jaakko Hintikka hat die meines Erachtens schönste Beschreibung der hässlichen Realität vor fast genau fünf Jahren in einer Email an den guten Freund und wichtigen Logiker Jean-Yves Beziau geliefert.

Meine Bücher lagern in Kisten, die Nächte vor einem Umzug sind öde. Denn wo notiere ich was mit dem Bleistift auf dem e-book? Auf dem Bildschirm etwa?

Da nun unsere Bleistifte bekanntlich klüger sind als wir, habe ich einen genommen und den Algorithmus des durchschnittlichen Zeitschriftengutachters formuliert. Gleich nach dem englischen Text ist er zu finden. Viel Spaß bei der Entdeckung eines Stücks einflussreicher Wissenschaftspolitik…


It’s much deplored by at least those scholars who have something new to say: the peer-review system is degenerate. The soberest description of the sad situation was given to my mind almost exactly 5 years ago by Jaakko Hintikka as quoted by Jean-Yves Beziau – an important logician and a good friend – here following a personal communication between them.

Since my books are all in boxes and, until we arrive at our new home, I have only e-books to read (not really an option since I can’t use my pencil on the screen…) I spent my time last evening with formulating what apparently is the algorithm of a peer reviewer. Enjoy!

Peer reviewer's algorithm