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The Viability of Social Constructivism as a Philosophy of Mathematics

Journal article
Authors Jörgen Sjögren
Christian Bennet
Published in Croatian Journal of Philosophy
Volume 13
Issue 39
Pages 341 - 355
ISSN 1333-1108
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 341 - 355
Language en
Keywords Social constructivism, mathematics, ontology, objectivity, necessity, atemporality
Subject categories Theory of science, Theoretical philosophy


Attempts have been made to analyse features in mathematics within a social constructivist context. In this paper we critically examine some of those attempts recently made with focus on problems of the objectivity, ontology, necessity, and atemporality of mathematics. Our conclusion is that these attempts fare no better than traditional alternatives, and that they, furthermore, create new problems of their own.

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