Progic 2009: 4th Workshop on
Combining Probability and Logic

Special focus: new approaches to rationality in decision making

17-19 September 2009
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

 

INTRODUCTION

Logic and probability theory are often studied in conjunction to decision making, and for good reason: we want our reasoning to be rational because the reasoning precedes and controls for actions. But the models for rationality in reasoning have seen major changes and additions in recent years: logicians have taken a dynamic turn, and probabilists have discovered network tools and new representations of uncertainty. In this workshop we address the question how these developments in modelling rationality carry over to the science of decision making.

The Progic workshop is organised in conjunction with the first meeting of a European research network on rationality and decision, pending a final funding decision. Confirmed speakers for this joint event include: Johan van Benthem, Luc Bovens, Richard Bradley, Igor Douven, Christian List, Jim Joyce, Wlodek Rabinowicz, Teddy Seidenfeld, and Jon Williamson.

 

PROGRAMME

The programme of the conference can be found here, and a document with short abstracts here. Note that immediately after Progic09, we will host the second leg of an exchange workshop between the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method of the London School of Economics, and the Philosophy Faculty at Groningen. All participants are cordially invited to attend the talks by LSE staff members, followed by comments from Groningen staff. A programme for this event can be found here.

 

TALKS

After the conference all the slides will be made available on this website. Here are some of the slides in advance, as well as some papers on which the talks are based.

 

REGISTRATION

To register for the conference, please pay 30 euro into the following bank account, mentioning the budget code.

Dutch account 4017 18468
IBAN NL23 ABNA 04017 18468
BIC
ABNA NL2A
Recipient Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Oude Boteringestraat 52
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands
Budget code
720 211
Bank address ABN-Amro Bank
Postbus 686
8000 AR Zwolle
The Netherlands

 

TRAVEL

To get to Groningen, you can fly to Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam. From Schiphol Airport you can take a direct train to Groningen, leaving at 19 past the whole hour from platform 3. Alternatively, you can take the train leaving at 49 past the whole hour from platform 3 and change at Amersfoort. At Amersfoort you arrive on platform 2b. The train to Groningen leaves from the opposite side, on platform 1.

Alternatively, there is the small and convenient Eelde Airport near Groningen. Please check their website for the latest on connections to Groningen. Bus 52 brings you to the Groningen train station.

Most of the hotels are within walking distance from Groningen train station. There is a taxi stand to the left of the exit of the old station building. If you wonder what your walk will be like, please consult the following map, or use Google maps which offers a street view too.

 

ACCOMMODATION

There are many hotels in the centre of Groningen. Here are a few suggestions in different price ranges, all of them in the old town centre.

 

PREVIOUS PROGICS

progic 2017: The Eighth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
Special focus: severe uncertainty
Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, Germany, 29-31 March 2017
Confirmed speakers: Gert de Cooman, Susanna Rinard, Richard Bradley

progic 2015: The Seventh Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
Special focus: formal epistemology and inductive logic
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 22-24 April 2015
Preceded by: Spring School on Combining Probability and Logic, 20-21 April 2015
A special issue of the Journal of Applied Logic 14, 2016, was devoted to the themes of the workshop

progic 2013: The Sixth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
Special focus: Combining probability and logic to solve philosophical problems
Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, Munich, Germany, 17-18 September 2013
A special issue of the Journal of Applied Logic 12(3), 2014, was devoted to the themes of the workshop

progic 2011: The Fifth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
In honour of Haim Gaifman’s work on the intersection of probability and logic
Columbia University, New York, US, 10-11 September 2011
A special issue of the Journal of Applied Logic 11(4), 2013, was devoted to the themes of the workshop

progic 2009: The Fourth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
Special focus: new approaches to rationality in decision making
University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 17-18 September 2009

progic 2007: The Third Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
Special focus: probabilistic logics and probabilistic networks
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 5-7 September 2007
A special issue of the Journal of Applied Logic 7(2), 2009, was devoted to the themes of the workshop

progic 2005: The Second Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
Special focus: objective Bayesianism
London School of Economics, London, UK, 6-8 July 2005
A special issue of the Journal of Logic, Language and Information 15(1-2), 2006, was devoted to the themes of the workshop

progic 2002: The First Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
King’s College London, UK, 4-6 November 2002
A special issue of the Journal of Applied Logic 1(3-4), 2003, was devoted to the themes of the workshop

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

Niki Pfeifer: Theoretical Philosophy, University of Regensburg
Jan-Willem Romeijn: Department of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Marta Sznajder: Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy
Gregory Wheeler: Centre for Human and Machine Intelligence, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Jon Williamson: Department of Philosophy & Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent

 

ORGANIZATION

This conference is organised by Martin van Hees, Jan-Willem Romeijn and Olivier Roy, supported by the Progic Steering Committee.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We are very grateful to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO for providing financial support.

 

Progic 2009 : 4th Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic