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2019 Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Probability Theory: Philosophy, Physics, and Mathematics at Crossroads

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 30, 2018 03:50 PM - - last modified Jul 17, 2019 12:45 PM

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de Oct 08, 2019 - 09:00 AM
a Oct 10, 2019 - 06:00 PM


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Employment and the discussion of concepts related to probability have gradually occupied a prominent position in the contemporary philosophical debate. In particular, it became difficult to understand contributions from areas such as epistemology and philosophy of science without minimally knowing definitions and results of probability theory. From this scenario, an interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophers and other investigators, such as mathematicians, physicists, statisticians, and computer scientists, has emerged internationally.

This Colloquium aims to contribute to the formation of an interdisciplinary working group on Philosophy and Probability in Brazil. Therefore, it seeks not only to gather and promote research in this area, but also to instrumentalize and prepare students interested in initiating research in it. Thus, the initiative encourages both a basic training in Philosophy and Probability, and research on related topics.

Cartaz Colóquio Probabilidade 2019Target audience

Undergraduate and graduate students in Philosophy, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, and related fields.

Submission of communications

Proposers of communications must register their work using the form below. They will be selected according to the following criteria: expository clarity, argumentative rigor, and thematic pertinence to the interdisciplinary discussion on probability theory. In this sense, submissions related to probability theory and its applications in the areas of philosophy, physics, and mathematics are welcome. The deadline is September 6.

The abstract must contain 400 to 500 words in Portuguese or English, including the title, the proposer's institutional affiliation, and electronic address. Allowed file formats: DOC, DOCX, TEX. Required font: Times New Roman size 12, with single spacing.

The abstracts will be sent to a member of the Scientific Committee, who will prepare an opinion on the merits of the work, according to the previously presented criteria.

The Organizing Committee will notify the authors of the evaluation's result by September 27. The communications will be grouped into sessions with five of them. There will be 20 minutes available for presentations and additional 20 minutes for discussion.


Registration is free. Register here.

Those who just wish to attend the conferences may apply soon.

Organizing committee

Prof. Dr. Pablo Rubén Mariconda (USP) – Coordinator

André Neiva – PhD student in Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)

Diana Taschetto – PhD student in Philosophy at USP)

Pedro Bravo de Souza – PhD student in Philosophy at USP

Scientific committee

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Teixeira Landi (USP)

Prof. Dr. Juliana Bueno (University of Campinas - UNICAMP)

Prof. Dr. Marcos Antonio Alves (São Paulo State University - UNESP)

Prof. Dr. Osvaldo Frota Pessoa Jr. (USP)

Prof. Dr. Pablo Rubén Mariconda (USP)

M.Sc.  Thales Borrely dos Santos (USP)

Prof. Dr. Rafael Rabelo (UNICAMP)

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Correa da Silva (Federal University of São Carlos - UFSCar)


  • The morning activities (communications) will be held in the Department of Philosophy of USP's Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences (FFLCH-USP), while the afternoon activities (conferences) will take place at IEA's Auditorium.
  • Only the conferences will have online streaming.


October 8

9:00 am – 12:20 pm: Communications session 1

9:00 – 9:40: Communication 1

9:40 – 10:20: Communication 2

10:20 – 11:00: Communication 3

11:00 – 11:40: Communication 4

11:40 – 12:20: Communication 5

2:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Conferences 1

2:00: OPENING – Organizing committee

2:00 – 3:15: Conference 1

Probability and Mathematics

Conferencist: Prof. Dr. Julio Michael Stern (USP)

3:15 – 4:30: Conference 2

Quantum Correlations and the Time Arrow

Conferencist: Prof. Dr. Gabriel Teixeira Landi (USP)

4:30 – 5:00: Coffee Break

5:00 – 6:45: Conference 3

Fine-tuning and Free Parameters

Conferencist: Prof. Dr. Richard Dawid (Stockholm University)


October 9

9:00 am – 12:20 pm: Communications session 2

9:00 – 9:40: Communication 6

9:40 – 10:20: Communication 7

10:20 – 11:00: Communication 8

11:00 – 11:40: Communication 9

11:40 – 12:20: Communication 10

2:00 pm – 6:00: Conferences 2

2:00 – 3:45: Conference 4

Normative Epistemic Modeling

Conferencist: Prof. Dr. Michael Titelbaum (UW-Madison)

3:45 – 4:15: Coffee Break

4:15 – 6:00: Conference 5

In Defense of Probabilistic Pluralism: the Striking Connection Between Logical Pluralism and Alternative Theories of Probability

Conferencist: Prof. Dr. Juliana Bueno (UNICAMP)


October 10

9:00 am – 12:20 pm: Communications session 3

9:00 – 9:40: Communication 11

9:40 – 10:20: Communication 12

10:20 – 11:00: Communication 13

11:00 – 11:40: Communication 14

11:40 – 12:20: Communication 15

2:00 pm – 6:00: Conferences 3

2:00 – 3:45: Conference 6

Philosophy, Probability, Risks, and Uncertainties

Conferencist: Prof. Dr. Pablo Rubén Mariconda (USP)

3:45 – 4:15: Coffee Break

4:15 – 6:00: Conference 7

The Model of the Probabilistic Tram: What Does Philosophy Have (and Does Not Have) to Say About Autonomous Vehicles?

Conferencist: Prof. Dr. Renato Rodrigues Kinouchi (Federal University of ABC - UFABC)