Mathematics, morally

• Published in 2004
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A source of tension between Philosophers of Mathematics and Mathematicians is the fact that each group feels ignored by the other; daily mathematical practie seems barely affected by the questions the Philosophers are considering. In this talk I will describe an issue that does have an impact on mathematical practice, and a philosophical stance on mathematics that is detectable in the work of practising mathematicians. No doubt controversially, I will call this issue morality', but the term is not of my coining: there are mathematicians across the world who use the word morally' to greate effect in private, and I propose that there should be a public theory of what they mean by this.

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MathematicsMorally
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2020-10-16
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2004-03-22

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key = {MathematicsMorally},
type = {article},
title = {Mathematics, morally},
author = {Eugenia Cheng},
abstract = {A source of tension between Philosophers of Mathematics and Mathematicians is the fact that each group feels ignored by the other; daily mathematical practie seems barely affected by the questions the Philosophers are considering. In this talk I will describe an issue that does have an impact on mathematical practice, and a philosophical stance on mathematics that is detectable in the work of practising mathematicians. No doubt controversially, I will call this issue morality', but the term is not of my coining: there are mathematicians across the world who use the word morally' to greate effect in private, and I propose that there should be a public theory of what they mean by this.},
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