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Ilocutionary acts in mathematics

Grant number: 18/17011-9
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2019 - July 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Epistemology
Principal researcher:Marco Antonio Caron Ruffino
Grantee:Marco Antonio Caron Ruffino
Home Institution: Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência (CLE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Giorgio Venturi ; Luca Francesco San Mauro ; Luiz Arthur Pagani
Associated grant(s):20/00703-5 - Slurs semantics and illocutionary acts, AP.R SPRINT


The purpose of this project is to bring together a linguist, a philosopher of language, and three philosophers of mathematics (two of them mathematicians themselves) for a study of the language of mathematics. More precisely, we will apply the contemporary theory of ilocutionary acts (taking as basis Austin (1962), Searle (1969, 1979) and Searle and Vanderveken (1985) to the language of mathematics. Our working hypothesis is that mathematics as a science contains in a essential way ilocutionary indicators in its language (both formal and informal). This is something new both in the philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics, since ilocutionary acts theory normally focus only on ordinary language and situations of ordinary communication, while philosophy of mathematics normally focus on formalized language (leaving out pragmatic elements). The project will apply the theory of pragmatics to formalized languages of mathematics. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
RUFFINO, MARCO. Stalnaker's Assertion and Wittgenstein's Tractatus 2.0211. DISPUTATIO-PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH BULLETIN, v. 10, n. 18, . (18/17011-9)
RUFFINO, MARCO; SAN MAURO, LUCA; VENTURI, GIORGIO. Speech acts in mathematics. SYNTHESE, v. 198, n. 10, p. 10063-10087, . (18/17011-9, 16/25891-3)
RUFFINO, MARCO. Frege on Singular Senses. GRAZER PHILOSOPHISCHE STUDIEN, v. 98, n. 2, p. 316-339, . (18/17011-9)
RUFFINO, MARCO. Contingent a priori truths and performatives. SYNTHESE, v. 198, n. SUPPL 22, 22, SI, p. 5593-5613, . (18/17011-9)

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