Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 245-256

First online:

Ideas and processes in mathematics: A course on history and philosophy of mathematics

  • Charalampos ToumasisAffiliated withCharalampos Toumasis

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This paper describes an attempt to develop a program for teaching history and philosophy of mathematics to inservice mathematics teachers. I argue briefly for the view that philosophical positions and epistemological accounts related to mathematics have a significant influence and a powerful impact on the way mathematics is taught. But since philosophy of mathematics without history of mathematics does not exist, both philosophy and history of mathematics are necessary components of programs for the training of preservice as well as inservice mathematics teachers.

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