dr. L.M. (Lukas) Verburgt
Faculty of Humanities
Oude Turfmarkt 143
Oude Turfmarkt 143
1012 GC Amsterdam
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I've recently been granted a VENI-grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for my project entitled 'A New History and Philosophy for the Exact Sciences: The Case of the Second Scientific Revolution'. See here for a more detailed description.
My research concerns the history and philosophy of modern exact thought - especially late 19th-century and early 20th-century probability theory, mathematics and logic. It aims to practice philosophy by exploring the conditions for the historical emergence of new scientific ideas and concepts - especially, the meaning of neo-Kantianism for the views on abstraction and the a priori that made modernism possible.
I have published widely in journals such as Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Annals of Science and Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics and I'm currently working on the manuscript for a book, provisionally entitled John Venn: A Life in Logic, to be completed by the end of 2017.
The book will be written as a Vossius Fellow (University of Amsterdam) and as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge). Previously, I was a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
I am currently a member of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, the European Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the Philosophy and History of Mathematics and the Vossius Center for History of Humanities and Sciences and a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews (American Mathematical Society).
See here for a recent radio-interview on my work for the series "Disciplinary Boundaries in Science" (Amsterdam FM). See here for a recent interview about my translation of Graham & Kantor's Naming Infinity in the Volkskrant, a major Dutch newspaper.
I teach BA- and MA-level courses on theoretical philosophy and philosophy of science. My most recent specialization courses are entitled 'Kant and Kuhn revisited' and '(Neo)Kantianism and the emergence of philosophy of science'.
I also supervise BA- and MA-level theses on the history and philosophy of science, mathematics and logic, and 19th-century modern philosophy (especially neo-Kantianism).
Please see my CV for detailed information about my research and teaching.
Publications (primary research)
The place of probability in Hilbert's axiomatization of physics, ca. 1900-1928. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 53, 28-44. http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1SQ3x4q92pgcoa
Duncan F. Gregory, William Walton and the development of British algebra: 'algebraical geometry', 'geometrical algebra' and abstraction. Annals of Science. doi: 10.1080/00033790.2015.1025844. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00033790.2015.1025844#abstract
Robert Leslie Ellis's work on philosophy of science and the foundations of probability theory. Historia Mathematica, 40 (4), 423-454. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0315086013000451
Remarks on the idealist and empiricist interpretation of frequentism: Robert Leslie Ellis versus John Venn. Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, 29 (3), 184-195 www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17498430.2014.889269
John Venn's hypothetical infinite frequentism and logic. History and Philosophy of Logic, 35 (3), 248-271. http://www.tandf-online.com/doi/full/10.1080/01445340.2014.913351#.U2v3r3Y_gYg
The objective and the subjective in mid-nineteenth-century British probability theory. Historia Mathematica. doi:10.1016/j.hm.2015.01.003. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0315086015000191
Robert Leslie Ellis, William Whewell and Kant: the role of Rev. H.F.C. Logan. Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080-/17498430.2015.1035582#.VjKGJWB_CU4
Duncan Farquharson Gregory and Robert Leslie Ellis: second generation reformers of British mathematics. Intellectual History Review. Forthcoming.
John Venn on the foundations of symbolic algebra. Under review.
On Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin's paper 'Ideas of intuitionism and the struggle for a subject matter in contemporary mathematics'. Under review.
Flows, fluxes and monads: the conceptual madness of experimental social ontology, Parallax, 20 (1), 2014. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13534645.2014.865327
Deleuze's Badiou, Political Studies Review, 11 (2), 2013. http://onlinelibrary-.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1478-9302.12016_23/abstract
A plea for technological activismat the European borders?, Science as Culture, 21 , 2012. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09505431.2012.662218
'Real izations: notes on chance', Present Forever:55 Dutch Contemporary Artists, exhibition catalogue. 2012. See: http://fatform.com/projects/present-forever/
'"We, philosophers, are not allowed to sleep!", review of: Alain Badiou's Second Manifesto for Philosophy , Krisis , 2, pp. 56-61. 2011. http://www.krisis.eu/#htmlpart=articles.php?FirstName=Lukas&Prefix=&LastName=Verburgt
'How to hide from existence?', Krisis , 1 , pp. 65-69. 2011. http://www.krisis.eu/#htmlpart=articles.php?FirstName=Lukas&Prefix=&LastName=Verburgt
Victorian statistics: from the London Statistical Society to the Royal Statistical Society. 7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Prague, 22-24 September, 2016
John Venn on the foundations of symbolic logic. Invited talk at the Predoc Seminar of Department II: Ideals and Practices of Rationality, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, May 4, 2014
Grattan-Guinness Archival Research Travel Grant (July 2017)
Vossius Fellowship, University of Amsterdam, Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences (November 2016-January 2017)
Visiting Fellowship, University of Cambridge, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science (January & July 2017)
Predoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (September-December 2014)
(See here for my profile and here for the description of my research project)
British Society for the History of Mathematics
European Society for the History of Science
Canadian Society for the Philosophy and History of Mathematics
Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences
Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam (DIA), Amsterdam, 2014
- Verburgt, L. M. (2015). "A terrible piece of bad metaphysics"? Towards a history of abstraction in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century probability theory, mathematics and logic [details]