A study of mathematical determination through Bertrand’s Paradox

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Certain mathematical problems prove very hard to solve because some of their intuitive features have not been assimilated or cannot be assimilated by the available mathematical resources. This state of affairs triggers an interesting dynamic whereby the introduction of novel conceptual resources converts the intuitive features into further mathematical determinations in light of which a solution to the original problem is made accessible. I illustrate this phenomenon through a study of Bertrand’s paradox
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375–395
Number of pages21
JournalPhilosophia Mathematica
Issue number3
Early online date16 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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