The philosophical analysis of mathematical explanation concerns, among others, the question how one can distinguish explanatory from non-explanatory proofs. In this paper, we introduce an epistemic reading of mathematical explanation, which not only clarifies its link with mathematical understanding, but leads us to explicate some contextual factors governing explanation. We discuss several accounts of mathematical explanation, and demonstrate how they can be read in this approach. Finally, we adopt a pluralistic stance as a heuristic guideline for investigation on mathematics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-329
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Mathematical explanation, Mathematical understanding, Contextualism, Pluralism

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