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Explanation in Mathematics

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[Revised entry by Paolo Mancosu on March 16, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The philosophical analysis of mathematical explanations concerns itself with two different, although connected, areas of investigation. The first area addresses the problem of whether mathematics can play an explanatory role in the natural and social sciences. The second deals with the problem of whether mathematical explanations occur within mathematics itself. Accordingly, this entry surveys the contributions to both areas, it shows their relevance to the history...

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