Department of Philosophy
University of California, Berkeley:
Style in history and philosophy of mathematics
Talk of 'style' is ubiquitous in the historiography of mathematics, and mathematicians often describe their activities using this notion. In addition, philosophers have also articulated epistemological accounts of style. In this talk my aim is twofold. First, I will give a systematic overview of the contexts in which talk of 'style' occurs in history and philosophy of mathematics; second, I will address the question of whether 'style' can play an epistemological role. Throughout the talk, I will also emphasize the connection to analogous issues in history and philosophy of science.
Tirsdag, den 2. september 2008, kl.