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CATEGORIES:HPS Philosophy Workshop
SUMMARY:The ins and outs of mathematical explanation - Mar
k Colyvan (University of Sydney)
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DESCRIPTION:Proofs of mathematical theorems tell us that the t
heorem is true\, but some proofs go further and te
ll us why the theorem is true. That is\, some\, bu
t not all\, proofs are explanatory. Call this intr
a-mathematical explanation. It has been argued tha
t whenever there are physical applications of the
\ntheorems in question\, we also have mathematical
explanations of physical phenomena. Call this ext
ra-mathematical explanation. In this paper I will
\nconsider both intra- and extra-mathematical expl
anations and discuss why they are of philosophical
interest. I will also make some speculative remar
ks about two promising accounts for a theory of ma
thematical explanation.
LOCATION:Seminar Room 1\, Department of History and Philoso
phy of Science
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