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The Philosophy of Mathematical Practice

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About the Project

The last decade has seen a practice-based turn in the philosophy of mathematics, seeking to investigate and explain interesting aspects of how mathematics is actually done. This includes examining topics such as: proofs as they are actually presented by mathematicians; mathematical collaboration and joint inquiry; mathematical peer-review and the relation to our certainty about mathematics; the philosophy of formalising mathematics and computational theorem provers and checkers; diagrammatic practices in mathematical sub-disciplines; how mathematicians decide on the correctness, interestingness and novelty of mathematics; mathematical explanation; conceptual change in mathematics over time; etc.

In this project, the student would engage in a philosophical project relating to one or more of the above areas. By being based in the Mathematics Education Centre, the project can benefit from direct engagement with mathematicians and students. The student may also want to carry out empirical work in the traditional of experimental philosophy, in order to accurately reflect the practices of mathematicians.
How to apply
All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.
Entry Requirements
A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Philosophy, Mathematics, Education, or a field relevant to the project.

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

UK/EU Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£4,327) if starting in 2019/20
International Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£16,900) if starting in 2019/20
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