Mathematical Knowledge by Mary Leng, Alexander Paseau, Micheal Potter

By Mary Leng, Alexander Paseau, Micheal Potter

What's the nature of mathematical wisdom? Is it something like medical wisdom or is it sui generis? How will we gather it? may still we think what mathematicians themselves let us know approximately it? Are mathematical thoughts innate or received? 8 new essays provide solutions to those and lots of different questions. Written by way of the various world's best philosophers of arithmetic, psychologists, and mathematicians, Mathematical wisdom supplies a full of life experience of the present nation of discussion during this interesting box.

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Mathematical Knowledge

What's the nature of mathematical wisdom? Is it something like clinical wisdom or is it sui generis? How will we gather it? should still we think what mathematicians themselves let us know approximately it? Are mathematical innovations innate or received? 8 new essays provide solutions to those and lots of different questions.

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According to Wittgenstein’s theory in the Tractatus it is not about anything. Is that right? Recalling the earlier distinction between the meaning of a sentence and what is involved in verifying it, note that there will correspondingly be two notions of aboutness: first, what is involved in grasping the proposition; second, what is involved in coming to know it. It is presumably the second of these that is relevant to Benacerraf’s problem, and for this it is not obvious that there need be anything a proposition is about: different routes to verifying it may involve different objects, and there may be no intersection between them.

What exactly is the status of the counterfactual statement I made when I claimed that it would have been astonishing if Elkies had found a counterexample? ’ In Fact, Fiction, and Forecast Goodman famously observed that for many statements such a belief is not rational. For example, if ‘grue’ means ‘green if first observed before the year 2020, and blue if first observed in 2020 or later’, then the fact that grass has generally been grue up to now is not good evidence that it will generally be grue in 2025.

What are they? Experiment certainly has a role in some sciences. But experiment (at least as it is normally understood) entails interaction. ‘If you can spray them then they are real’ (Hacking 1983: 23). And that excludes quite a few of what are usually categorized as sciences. Astronomy is an obvious example. One could, of course, take the heroic course of denying, solely for this reason, that astronomy is a science, but that does seem ill-advised. ) So if experiment is not characteristic of the natural sciences, what about observation?

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