Is Mathematics a Domain for Philosophers of Explanation?

Joachim Frans, Erik Weber

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In this paper we discuss three interrelated questions. First: is explanation in mathematics a topic that philosophers of mathematics can legitimately investigate? Second: are the specific aims that philosophers of mathematical explanation set themselves legitimate? Finally: are the models of explanation developed by philosophers of science useful tools for philosophers of mathematical explanation? We argue that the answer to all these questions is positive. Our views are completely opposite to the views that Mark Zelcer has put forward recently. Throughout this paper, we show why Zelcer’s arguments fail.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)125-142
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Vroegere onlinedatum9 jun 2016
StatusPublished - 2017


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