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Thomas Kuhn, Modern Mathematics and the Dynamics of Reason

Corfield, David (2022) Thomas Kuhn, Modern Mathematics and the Dynamics of Reason. [Preprint]

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It is now 30 years since a group of philosophers and historians published a collection of articles (Gillies (ed.) 1992) which took as their central question the usefulness for the philosophy of mathematics of Kuhn's constructions in the philosophy of science. Important work was done to see whether the concepts of `revolution' and `paradigm' made sense there. However, a feature of the collection which should raise doubts about the universality of its findings was the restriction, except in a single case, to work done prior to 1900. In this article I discuss what form a historically-oriented philosophy of modern mathematics should take, and the role it could play in developing Michael Friedman's post-Kuhnian theory as described in his `Dynamics of Reason' (2001) and later publications.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Corfield, Davidd.corfield@kent.ac.uk0000-0003-0432-3221
Additional Information: A paper for The Kuhn Centennial Conference, 13-15 July 2022, at the University of Kent.
Keywords: Mathematics, revolution, Thomas Kuhn, Michael Friedman, post-Kuhnianism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > History
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. David Corfield
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 12:52
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 12:52
Item ID: 21265
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > History
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 13 October 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21265

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