The Practical Turn in Philosophy of Mathematics: A Portrait of a Young Discipline

Valeria Giardino


In the present article, the current situation of the so-called philosophy of mathematical practice is discussed. First, its emergence is evaluated in relation to the “practical” turn in philosophy of science and in philosophy of mathematics. Second, the variety of approaches concerned with the practice of mathematics and the new topics being now object of research are introduced. Third, the possible replies to the question about what counts as mathematical practice are taken into account. Finally, some of the problems that are still open in the philosophy of mathematical practice are presented and some possible new directions of research considered.


philosophy of mathematics; practical turn; philosophy of mathematical practice; mathematical practice

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