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ERIC Number: EJ785045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Mathematical History, Philosophy and Education
Otte, Michael
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v66 n2 p243-255 Oct 2007
History of mathematics occupies itself describing processes of growth and development, whereas philosophy of mathematics is concerned with questions of justification. Both play an essential role within the educational context. But there is a problem because genuine historical studies necessitate ever greater particularity whereas mathematics and philosophy require generality and abstraction. The paper offers some methodological reflections about these matters together with two case studies from nineteenth century history of arithmetic and integration theory, respectively, which try to strike a balance between the directly opposed requirements.
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Language: English
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