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ERIC Number: EJ1039451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
The Mathematical Event: Mapping the Axiomatic and the Problematic in School Mathematics
de Freitas, Elizabeth
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v32 n6 p581-599 Nov 2013
Traditional philosophy of mathematics has been concerned with the nature of mathematical objects rather than events. This traditional focus on reified objects is reflected in dominant theories of learning mathematics whereby the learner is meant to acquire familiarity with ideal mathematical objects, such as number, polygon, or tangent. I argue that the concept of event--rather than object--better captures the vitality of mathematics, and offers new ways of thinking about mathematics education. In this paper I draw on two different but related theories of event articulated in the philosophies of Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze to argue that the central activity of "problem solving" in mathematics education should be recast in terms of a problematic of events.
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Language: English
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