Rittberg, Colin Jakob (2021) Intellectual humility in mathematics. [Preprint]

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In this paper I explore how intellectual humility manifests in mathematical practices. To do this I employ accounts of this virtue as developed by virtue epistemologists in three case studies of mathematical activity. As a contribution to a Topical Collection on virtue theory of mathematical practices this paper explores in how far existing virtuetheoretic frameworks can be applied to a philosophical analysis of mathematical practices. I argue that the individual accounts of intellectual humility are successful at tracking some manifestations of this virtue in mathematical practices and fail to track others. There are two upshots to this. First, the accounts of the intellectual virtues provided by virtue epistemologists are insightful for the development of a virtue theory of mathematical practices but require adjustments in some cases. Second, the case studies reveal dimensions of intellectual humility virtue epistemologists have thus far overlooked in their theoretical reflections.
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Keywords:  humility – philosophy of mathematical practices – virtue epistemology – virtue – ErdősSelberg dispute – abcconjecture – multiverse logic  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Practice Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Values 

Depositing User:  Dr. Colin Jakob Rittberg  
Date Deposited:  16 Jan 2021 20:01  
Last Modified:  16 Jan 2021 20:01  
Item ID:  18607  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Practice Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Values 

Date:  2021  
URI:  http://philsciarchive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18607 
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