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The Philosophy of Mathematical Practice

Paolo Mancosu


Contemporary philosophy of mathematics offers us an embarrassment of riches. But anyone familiar with this area will be aware of the need for new approaches that will pay closer attention to mathematical practice. This book provides a unified presentation of this new wave of work in philosophy of mathematics. This new approach is innovative in at least two ways. First, it holds that there are important novel characteristics of contemporary mathematics that are just as worthy of philosophical attention as the distinction between constructive and non constructive mathematics at the time of the f ... More

Keywords: mathematical practice, visualization, diagrammatic reasoning, mathematical explanation, purity of methods, mathematical concepts, mathematical understanding, category theory, computer science, mathematical physics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199296453
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paolo Mancosu, editor
University of California, Berkeley
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