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Igor Dzhadan, Alex Shkotin, Vladimir Ryakhovsky, Nicholas N. Zhaldak, Petr Kusliy, Vsevolod Ladov, Alexander Boldachev, Andrej Ule, Andrew Schumann, András Máté, Péter Szegedi, Andrei Krennikov, Andy Adamatzky,

András Máté studied mathematics and philosophy at the Eötvös University Budapest (Hungary). He began his research in logic and its history as an assistant of Imre Ruzsa. He is currently associated professor of logic at the Philosophical Institute of the Eötvös University. He made his PhD (CSc) at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences about Plato and Frege. His research interests include history of logic and semantics (semantical ideas in Plato’s dialogues, Stoic logic, medieval semantics, Leibniz, Bolzano, Frege) and philosophy of mathematics (second-order logic as a framework, philosophical ideas of 20th century Hungarian mathematicians). He wrote four textbooks of logic and its history and several papers about different topics including even aesthetics of music in Hungarian, 14 papers in German and English mainly about the history of logic. He translated works by Plato, Frege, Tarski, Kneale and Kneale.


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: Is Logic Ever Foundational?

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.

Andrew Schumann: Der Wiener Kreis is one of the most legendary schools of logic and analytic philosophy. How did it come out in Hungary? Which names? Which ideas?

András Máté: Four years ago our department has finished a common research with the Institute Vienna Circle of the Vienna University about the reception and influence of the Vienna Circle in Hungary. The results of the research have reinforced my previous impressions that this influence was rather poor. Hungarian intellectual life before the First World War was open to new and modern ideas and because of geographical and political reasons, new ideas from Vienna have found especially easily their way to Budapest. But in the inter-war period, Hungary became a bad-tempered, stuffy, conservative and nationalistic country – this was a  ressentiment against the lost war, the huge territorial losses that Hungary suffered from and the continuous economical difficulties in comparison with the dynamic development for a half century before the War. The official, academic philosophy was dominated by conservative tendencies, and a little minority of the intellectual life had their orientation towards innovative ideas coming from the part of Europe lying west from Hungary – mostly towards very different ones from the views of the Vienna Circle. I have found in the journals of that period a few papers by younger philosophers who knew that views and tried to convey them – but nothing more.



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