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Proposes social constructivism as a novel philosophy of mathematics, critiquing traditional absolutist conceptions of mathematics and the field of philosophy of mathematics itself. Offers new analyses of the contributions of Wittgenstein and Lakatos to the philosophy of mathematics, and develops a theory of mathematical knowledge and its relation to the social context, based on the theory of conversation. Builds a rhetoric of mathematics to account for proof in mathematics, offers an account of the social construction of subjective knowledge, and considers the values of mathematics and its social responsibility. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher:
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998

ISBN:
9780585075587

0585075581

0791435881

0791435873

0585075581

0791435881

0791435873

Characteristics:
1 online resource (xiv, 315 pages)

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