Non-Deductive Methods in Mathematics

[Revised entry by Alan Baker on June 26, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] As it stands, there is no single, well-defined philosophical subfield devoted to the study of non-deductive
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[Revised entry by Alan Baker on June 26, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] As it stands, there is no single, well-defined philosophical subfield devoted to the study of non-deductive methods in mathematics. As the term is being used here, it incorporates a cluster of different philosophical positions, approaches, and research programs whose common motivation is the view that (i) there are non-deductive aspects of mathematical methodology and that (ii) the identification and analysis of these aspects has the potential to be philosophically...

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