The international Smirnov Readings in Logic conference held in memory of an outstanding Russian logician and philosopher Vladimir Smirnov (1931-1996) is the most representative forum of philosophical logic scholars in Russia and the post-Soviet area.
Smirnov Readings have been held biennially since 1997 (except for 2005, when Moscow hosted IV All-Russia Philosophy Congress, which included the Symposium “Modern Logic: methodological challenges and development prospects” in memory of Vladimir Smirnov). The first five conferences (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2007) were held in the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Science (RAS). Starting from 2009 Smirnov Readings in Logic are held at the Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University.
All Conferences were organised by the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Science, the Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Institute for Logic, Cognitive Sciense and Development of Personality.
Prominent Russian and foreign scholars working in various fields of logic presented their papers to the plenary sessions of the Smirnov Readings. Among them were Russian philosophical logic scholars Boris Biryukov, Vladimir Vasyukov, Alexander Karpenko, Ivan Mikirtumov, Evgenyi Sidorenko, Elena Smirnova, Vladimir Shalak, Russian mathematical logic scholars Albert Dragalin, Larisa Maksimova, Grigori Mints, Nikolai Nagorny, Nikolai Nepejvoda, Victor Finn, Alexander Chagrov, Valentin Shehtman, and well-known foreign logicians Diderik Batens (Belgium), Jean-Yves Beziau (Switzerland), Heinrich Wansing (Germany), Paul Weingartner (Austria), Ryszard Wojcicki (Poland), Andrzej Grzegorczyk (Poland), Valentin Goranko (Denmark), J. Michael Dunn (USA), Markus Kracht (Germany), Grzegorz Malinowski (Poland), Rohit Parikh (USA), Graham Priest (Australia, USA), Gabriel Sandu (Finland), Krister Segerberg (Sweden), Allard Tamminga (Netherlands), Uwe Scheffler (Germany), Yaroslav Shramko (Ukraine), Leo Esakia (Georgia).
Initially the Conference included the work of two dedicated sections - Symbolic Logic and Philosophical Logic, and a seminar on the Methodology Challenges of Modern Science. Starting from the Sixth Smirnov Readings the Conference organised its work in four sections - Symbolic Logic, Philosophical Logic, History of Logic, and Logic of Scientific Research. Roundtables on the current problems in logic have become a good tradition as well.
The Conference traditionally brings together logicians from Moscow, St-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Ulyanovsk, Tver, Kiev, Minsk and many other cities of Russia and neighboring countries.