# Explanation and understanding within mathematics 2019 Conference

**Country:**
Belgium

**City:**
Brussel

**Abstr. due:**
01.07.2019

**Dates:**
05.12.19 — 06.12.19

**Area Of Sciences:**
Physics and math; Philosophy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: jfrans@vub.be

Organizers: Vrije Universiteit Brussel

During this workshop speakers will present various philosophical perspectives on explanation and understanding within mathematics. By doing so we aim to further unravel these important notions in the philosophy of mathematics.

Explanation and understanding are central topics in the philosophy of science. This discipline has made importante developments to account for the role explanations play in scientific activities. A current trend is that philosophers emphasize the relation between explanation and understanding, and stress the need for theories of scientific understanding.

Initially, explanation in the field of mathematics received little or no attention and remained a puzzling notion. The view that mathematicians can be interested in more than the mere justification of mathematical results led to a small yet growing line of research on mathematical explanation. In recent decades philosophers of mathematics mainly looked into what it means that a proof provides an explanation. Besides explanatory proofs there might be other types of explanation within mathematics. Moreover, still too little attention goes to the notion of mathematical understanding.

For this workshop we invite submissions that address questions concerning explanation and understanding within mathematics. Topics include, but are not limited to, philosophical perspectives on:

Explanatory proofs

Mathematical explanation beyond proof

Mathematical understanding

The relation between mathematical explanation and understanding

Case studies from the practice or history of mathematics

Fruitfulness of accounts of scientific explanation/understanding in philosophy of mathematics

Conference Web-Site: https://philevents.org/event/show/72758