Progress in Mathematics and Logic — II

Footnotes to Plato

mathematics[for a brief explanation of this ongoing series, as well as a full table of contents, go here]

History of mathematics: the philosophical approach

It is interesting to note that mathematicians and historians of mathematics have often taken what can be characterized as a decidedly philosophical approach to the understanding of the development of their field. One example is provided by Mehrtens’ (1976) influential paper about the applicability of the (then relatively recently articulated) ideas by Kuhn to the field of mathematics.

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