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Research within CLPS is organised around two clusters:

The philosophy of mathematical practices

The development of a descriptive, empirically informed, philosophy of mathematics, with a focus on mathematicians as fallible knowledge workers. This includes research on mathematical and scientific cultures, cultures of proof, virtues in mathematics, diagrammatic reasoning, ethnomathematics, mathematics education; mathematical, statistical and data literacy, etc.

The history & philosophy of early modern science

The history and philosophy of early modern science with a focus on scientific methodology. Current research centres on inter alia Isaac Newton's scientific methodology, including its reception and development, on the appropriation of Newton's natural philosophy in the Dutch Republic, on ‘the’ ‘Scientific Revolution’, on the mathematisation in physics, on the origins and evolution of empiricism, and on the philosophy of induction (Bacon, Reid, Whewell, Mill, etc.).

Featured Publications

Rittberg, CJ & Van Kerkhove, B 2019, 'Studying mathematical practices: the dilemma of case studiesZDM: the International Journal on Mathematics Education, 51, 5, pp. 857-868

Hamami, Y 2018, 'Mathematical inference and logical inferenceReview of Symbolic Logic, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 665-704.

Rittberg, CJ, Tanswell, FS & Van Bendegem, JP 2018, 'Epistemic Injustice in MathematicsSynthese

Lefever, K & Székely, G 2018, 'On Generalization of Definitional Equivalence to Non-Disjoint LanguagesJournal of Philosophical Logic

De Kock, L 2018, 'Historicizing Hermann von Helmholtz’s Psychology of DifferentiationJournal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 40-62.

Larvor, BP & Francois, K 2018, The concept of culture in Critical Mathematics Education. in P Ernest (ed.), The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Today ., 5, Springer, Switserland Cham, pp. 163-176.

Van Bendegem, JP 2018, The who and what of the philosophy of mathematical practices. in P Ernest (ed.), The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Today. Springer, New York, pp. 29-59.

Ducheyne, S & Present, P 2017, 'Pieter van Musschenbroek on laws of natureThe British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 637-656.

Ducheyne, S & Van Besouw, J 2017, Newton and the Dutch “Newtonians”: 1713–1750. in E Schliesser & C Smeenk (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Newton. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. published online.