FT1262875
Mark J. Steiner Columbia University (New York, NY 100277922) 
Explanation in Mathematics
To study patterns of truth in mathematics, in an attempt to distinguish between mathematical arguments which demonstrate the truth of a mathematical proposition, and those which explain why the proposition is true. Most philosophers regard mathematics as a formal science, P.I. basing study on actual mathematical practice, will stress the continuity of mathematics with the other sciences. This rapprochementbetween the Platonist ontology and the empirical epistemologywill be of significance to the humanist, who otherwise may have difficulty assimilating the phenomenon of mathematical knowledge into his world view.

Project fields:
Philosophy, Other
Program:
Summer Stipends
Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved) $2,000 (awarded)
Grant period:
5/1/1975 – 7/31/1975

