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Andrew Schumann

Andrew Schumann worked at the Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus. His research focuses on logic and philosophy of science with an emphasis on non-well-founded phenomena: self-references and circularity. He contributed mainly to research areas such as reasoning under uncertainty, probability reasoning, non-Archimedean mathematics, as well as their applications to cognitive science. He is engaged also in unconventional computing, decision theory, logical modelling of economics.




Interview: Sources of The Analytic Philosophy in Slovenia

Issue: 1:1 (The first issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana, with Andrej Ule, Professor of Dept. of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Interview: Is Logic Ever Foundational?

Issue: 1:1 (The first issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana with András Máté, the head of Dept. of Logic, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Eötvös University Budapest, Hungary.

Interview: Philosophy of Science in Hungary

Issue: 1:1 (The first issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana with Péter Szegedi, Pofessor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Eötvös University, Hungary.

Interview: P-Adics: Mathematics For Sigmund Freud?

Issue: 1:1 (The first issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana, with Andrei Krennikov, professor of applied mathematics at Linnaueus University, South-East Sweden, the director of the International Center for Mathematical Modeling in Physics, Engineering, Economics, and Cognitive Science.

Interview: Is Everything a Computation?

Issue: 1:1 (The first issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana, with Andy Adamatzky, Professor in Unconventional Computing in the Department of Computer Science, University of the West of England, Bristol, amir of the Unconventional Computing Centre, and a member of Bristol Robotics Lab.

Interview: One Day Post-Soviet Countries Will Rise Up?

Issue: 1:2 (The second issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana with Andrew Wilson, a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Interview: Can an IT-Company like Apple Be Established in Belarus?

Issue: 1:2 (The second issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana with dr. Valery Tsepkalo, the Director of Hi-Tech Park Administration (Minsk, Belarus).

Interview: Libertarians in Russia: Moscow Never Sleeps?

Issue: 1:2 (The second issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana with Anatoly Levenchuk, President of and Victor Agroskin Vice-president of TechInvestLab.

Interview: Logical Simulations of Economic Phenomena and Computational Economics

Issue: 2:1 (The fifth issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana with Viktor Winschel, the economist at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

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Interview: The Light from the East

Issue: 2:3/2:4 (The seventh/eighth issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana, with George Kiraz, the founder of Beth Mardutho (formerly The Syriac Computing Institute) and Gorgias Press.

Interview: Is the Polish Logic One of the Best Traditions Still?

Issue: 1:3/1:4 (The third/fourth issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana with Roman Murawski, Professor at Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Adam Mickiewicz University.

Interview: The Christian Orthodoxy in the Modern World

Issue: 2:2 (The sixth issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana, with with Basil Lourié, the editor in chief of the Scrinium. Revue de patrologie, d`hagiographie critique et d`histoire ecclésiastique published by Gorigais Press and of its two supplement series: Orientalia Judaica Christiana and Scripta ecclesiastica.

Towards New Probabilistic Assumptions in Business Intelligence

Issue: 3:4 (The twelfth issue)
One of the main assumptions of mathematical tools in science is represented by the idea of measurability and additivity of reality. For discovering the physical universe additive measures such as mass, force, energy, temperature, etc. are used. Economics and conventional business intelligence try to continue this empiricist tradition and in statistical and econometric tools they appeal only to the measurable aspects of reality. However, a lot of important variables of economic systems cannot be observable and additive in principle. These variables can be called symbolic values or symbolic meanings and studied within symbolic interactionism, the theory developed since George Herbert Mead and Herbert Blumer. In statistical and econometric tools of business intelligence we accept only phenomena with causal connections measured by additive measures. In the paper we show that in the social world we deal with symbolic interactions which can be studied by non-additive labels (symbolic meanings or symbolic values). For accepting the variety of such phenomena we should avoid additivity of basic labels and construct a new probabilistic method in business intelligence based on non-Archimedean probabilities.

The Swarm Computing Approach to Business Intelligence

Issue: 4:3 (The fifteenth issue)
We have proposed to use some features of swarm behaviours in modelling business
processes. Due to these features we deal with a propagation of business processes in all
accessible directions. This propagation is involved into our formalization instead of
communicating sequential processes. As a result, we have constructed a business process
diagram language based on the swarm behavior and an extension of that language in the
form of reflexive management language.

Logics for Physarum Chips

Issue: 5:1 (The seventeenth issue)
The paper considers main features of two groups of logics for biological
devices, called Physarum Chips, based on the plasmodium. Let us recall that
the plasmodium is a single cell with many diploid nuclei. It propagates
networks by growing pseudopodia to connect scattered nutrients (pieces of
food). As a result, we deal with a kind of computing. The first group of logics
for Physarum Chips formalizes the plasmodium behaviour under conditions of
nutrient-poor substrate. This group can be defined as standard storage
modification machines. The second group of logics for Physarum Chips covers
the plasmodium computing under conditions of nutrient-rich substrate. In this
case the plasmodium behaves in a massively parallel manner and propagates in
all possible directions. The logics of the second group are unconventional and
deal with non-well-founded data such as infinite streams.

Preface. Philosophy and History of Talmudic Logic

Issue: 6:2 (The twenty second issue)
The purpose of the workshop Philosophy and History of Talmudic Logic held on October 27, 2016, in Krakow, Poland, was to examine the meaning of Talmudic hermeneutics in the contemporary epistemology and logic. One of the main features of Judaism is that Jewish religious laws are not dogmatic but based on specific legal reasoning. This reasoning was developed by the first Judaic commentators of the Bible (Tann’ayim) for inferring Judaic laws (halakah) from the Pentateuch. Our workshop was aimed to consider Judaic reasoning from the standpoint of modern philosophy: symbolic logic, rhetoric, analytic philosophy, pragmatics and so on. On the one hand, we are interested in possibilities to import into the Talmudic study modern logical methods. On the other hand, we are interested in possibilities to export from the Talmud new logical principles which are innovative to contemporary logic.

On the Babylonian Origin of Symbolic Logic

Issue: 6:2 (The twenty second issue)
The logical reasoning first appeared within the Babylonian legal
tradition established by the Sumerians in the law codes which were first
over the world: Ur-Nammu (ca. 2047 – 2030 B.C.); Lipit-Ishtar (ca. 1900 –
1850 B.C.), and later by their successors, the Akkadians: Hammurabi (1728
– 1686 B.C.). In these codes the casuistic law formulation began first to be
used: “If/when (Akkadian: šumma) this or that occurs, this or that must be
done” allowed the Akkadians to build up a theory of logical connectives:
“... or…”, “… and…”, “if…, then…”, “not…” that must have been applied
in their jurisprudence. So, a trial decision looked like an inference by modus
pones and modus tollens or by other logical rules from (i) some facts and
(ii) an appropriate article in the law code represented by an ever true
implication. The law code was announced by erecting a stele with the code
or by engraving the code on a stone wall. It was considered a set of axioms
announced for all. Then the trial decisions are regarded as claims logically
inferred from the law code on the stones. The only law code of the Greeks
that was excavated is the Code of Gortyn (Crete, the 5th century B.C.). It is
so similar to the Babylonian codes by its law formulations; therefore, we
can suppose that the Greeks developed their codes under a direct influence
of the Semitic legal tradition: the code was represented as the words of the
stele and the court was a logic application from these words. In this way the
Greek logic was established within a Babylonian legal tradition, as well.
Hence, we can conclude that, first, logic appeared in Babylonia and,
second, it appeared within a unique legal tradition where all trial decisions
must have been transparent, obvious, and provable. The symbolic logic
appeared first not in Greece, but in Mesopotamia and this tradition was
grounded in the Sumerian/Akkadian jurisprudence.

Hindu Spirituality: How to Grasp the Divine?

Issue: 6:4 (The twenty fourth issue)
The interview of Andrew Schumann, the managing editor of Studia Humana, with Max Demtchenko

Max Demtchenko is an Associate Professor at the
Moscow State Linguistic University. He has authored:
Aspects of Hindu-Christian Dialogue in the Mid-
Twentieth Century (according to Jules Monchanin’s
and Henri Le Saux’ Experience), PhD thesis (Moscow,
2011) and The Path of Saccidānanda (Moscow, Ganga,
2008). He has also published the first Russian
translation of Swāmī Abhishiktānanda’s Guru and
Disciple (Moscow, Ganga, 2013). His current academic
interest is in the field of North Indian rural bhakti
movements with a special focus on Nānak-panths as
well as on Rāma-rasika traditions’ poetry and practices.

Reflexive Games in Management

Issue: 7:1 (The twenty fifth issue)
In this paper reflexive games are defined as a way to act beyond equilibria to
control our opponents by our hiding motives. The task of a reflexive game is to
have the opponent’s actions become transparent for us, while our actions remain
obscure for the competitor. In case a reflexive game is carried out between agents
belonging to the same organisation (corporation, company, institute), success in a
reflexive game can be reached by a purposeful modification of some components
of a controlled system. Such a modification for the guaranteed victory in a
reflexive game is called reflexive management. This kind of management uses
reflexive games to control a knowledge structure of agents in a way their actions
unconsciously satisfy the centre’s goals.

Preface: Ideas and Society on the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Leon Petrażycki

Issue: 7:3 (The twenty seventh issue)
It is a Preface to Volumes 7:3 and 7:4 (2018) consisting of articles presented at the International Interdisciplinary Conference Ideas and Society on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Leon Petrażycki, held on November 24, 2017, in Rzeszów, Poland.

Creative Reasoning and Content-Genetic Logic

Issue: 7:4 (The twenty eighth issue)
In decision making quite often we face permanently changeable and potentially infinite databases when we cannot apply conventional algorithms for choosing a solution. A decision process on infinite databases (e.g. on a database containing a contradiction) is called troubleshooting. A decision on these databases is call d creative reasoning. One of the first heuristic semi-logical means for creative decision making were proposed in the theory of inventive problem solving (TIPS) by Genrich Altshuller. In this paper, I show that his approach corresponds to the so-called content-generic logic established by Soviet philosophers as an alternative to mathematical logic. The main assumption of con tent-genetic logic is that we cannot reduce our thinking to a mathematical combination of signs or to a language as such an d our thought is ever cyclic and reflexive so that it contains ever a history.