James Ladyman was supposed to give a plenary session (with Anjan Chakravartty) at the most recent BSPS on Tuesday. Sadly he could not deliver it in person; he was ill with swineflu and told to stay at home by authorities; I hope you feel better soon, James!
Steven French was kind enough to deliver Ladyman's talk (which exists as powerpoint slides). It sounded like Ladyman is recanting on some of the crucial issues in chapter 1 of *Every Thing Must* Go (discussed below). (Pressed in Q&A, French said Ladyman "has mellowed".") In particular, I wrote a few weeks ago: "1C: Many of their arguments against far-fetched metaphysics may also be directed at topics in mathematics (the vast majority?) that have no hope of ever being applied to our world. Why can't we be tolerant of a priori metaphysics in the same way we are tolerant of much of mathematics?" To me the new, mature Ladyman agrees with this now. If Ladyman now has a principle of tolerance, much of the polemic bite of the book disappears. Perhaps French misunderstood Ladyman, or I French/Ladyman.
Anyway, I hope to return to my running comments soon.