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ERIC Number: EJ904509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Discussing a Philosophical Background for the Ethnomathematical Program
Vilela, Denise Silva
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v75 n3 p345-358 Dec 2010
This article examines the extent to which Wittgenstein's analytical framework may be relevant to philosophical reflection on ethnomathematics. The discussion develops Bill Barton's suggestion that a philosophical basis for the ethnomathematical program should include and explain culturally different mathematics systems, and the coexistence of different conceptions of mathematics and rationality. Wittgenstein's concept of mathematics as normative statements rather than descriptions is introduced to dialogue with ethnomathematics research and its anthropological descriptions of how mathematics is used and propagated in specific practices. It is argued that although the formulations in Wittgenstein's analytical framework alone are insufficient to account for the political character of ethnomathematics, they do provide a starting point for ethnomathematics as a non-metaphysical version of mathematics. (Contains 22 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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