The beautiful art of mathematics

Rieger, A. (2018) The beautiful art of mathematics. Philosophia Mathematica, 26(2), pp. 234-250. (doi:10.1093/philmat/nkx006)

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Abstract

Mathematicians frequently use aesthetic vocabulary and sometimes even describe themselves as engaged in producing art. Yet aestheticians, in so far as they have discussed this at all, have often downplayed the ascriptions of aesthetic properties as metaphorical. In this paper I argue firstly that the aesthetic talk should be taken literally, and secondly that it is at least reasonable to classify some mathematics as art.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rieger, Dr Adam
Authors: Rieger, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophia Mathematica
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0031-8019
ISSN (Online):1744-6406
Published Online:04 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in Philosophia Mathematica 26(2): 234-250
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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