[SydPhil] Notification: Catarina Dutilh Novaes @ Thu 23 Aug 2018 15:00 - 16:30 (AEST) (Current Projects)

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Title: Catarina Dutilh Novaes
The beauty (?) of mathematical proofs
Mathematicians often use aesthetic vocabulary to describe mathematical  
proofs: they can be beautiful, elegant, ugly etc. In recent years,  
philosophers of mathematics have been asking themselves what these  
descriptions in fact mean: should we take them literally, as tracking truly  
aesthetic properties of mathematical proofs, or are these terms being used  
as proxy for non-aesthetic properties, in particular epistemic properties?  
Starting from the idea that one of the main functions of mathematical  
proofs is to explain and persuade an interlocutor, I develop an account of  
the beauty (or ugliness) of mathematical proofs that seems to allow for a  
reconciliation of these apparently opposed accounts of aesthetic judgments  
in mathematics. I do so by discussing the role of affective responses and  
emotions in the practice of mathematical proofs, thus arguing that the  
aesthetic and the epistemic are intrinsically related (while not entirely  
coinciding) in mathematical proofs.
When: Thu 23 Aug 2018 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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