Mathematical Explanation: A Contextual Approach

Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research 34 (2):309-329 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

PurposeIn this article, we aim to present and defend a contextual approach to mathematical explanation.MethodTo do this, we introduce an epistemic reading of mathematical explanation.ResultsThe epistemic reading not only clarifies the link between mathematical explanation and mathematical understanding, but also allows us to explicate some contextual factors governing explanation. We then show how several accounts of mathematical explanation can be read in this approach.ConclusionThe contextual approach defended here clears up the notion of explanation and pushes us towards a pluralist vision on mathematical explanation.

Author's Profile

Bart Van Kerkhove
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-06-28

Downloads
660 (#21,774)

6 months
93 (#38,431)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?