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Mathematics, morally

Article by Eugenia Cheng
  • 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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@article{MathematicsMorally,
	title = {Mathematics, morally},
	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.},
	url = {http://eugeniacheng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cheng-morality.pdf},
	year = 2004,
	author = {Eugenia Cheng},
	comment = {},
	urldate = {2020-10-16},
	collections = {the-act-of-doing-maths}
}