Day 16: Platonic mathematical philosophy and education

Summary

Platonism and mathematics.
Why did Plato give a prominent place to mathematics?
What kind(s) of mathematics did Plato consider important?
The Platonic mathematical curriculum from The Republic.
The nature of mathematical knowledge.
The nature of mathematical 'existence'.
    Mathematical ideals and ideal forms.
    What is a triangle?
    Is mathematics true?
    What do 'is' and 'true' mean here?

Reading

'Plato,' DSB. (On the Reference shelves)
J. Fauvel and J. Gray, The History of Mathematics,  2E Plato. (On reserve)


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Last modified: 17 October 2005
Duncan J. Melville

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