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The Mathematics of Mathematics

Thinking with the Late, Spinozist Vygotsky


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 1-32
  3. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 33-53
  4. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 55-76
  5. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 77-100
  6. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 101-129
  7. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 131-149
  8. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 151-177
  9. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 179-196
  10. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 197-216
  11. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 217-223
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 225-238

About this book


This book takes up where L. S. Vygotsky has left off during the last few months of his life, when he renounced much of what he had done before. A month before Vygotsky died, he wrote in his notebook that he felt like Moses who had seen the promised land but was never allowed to set foot on it. The vision Vygotsky laid out during his final days had been influenced by his readings of the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza and a book by Karl Marx published for the first time a year before Vygotsky died. In the present book, the author lays out a view of mathematics based on a monist view of knowing, learning, and development. Just as the essence of what is specifically human, the mathematics of mathematics exists in the ensemble of societal relations. For the individual, this means that mathematical thinking and reasoning was a society-typical relation with another person first, often the teacher. Using data from a variety of situations, including school students as well as scientists, the book develops some fundamental concepts and categories for mathematics education research, including the thinking body, sociogenesis, the intra-intersubjective field, pereživanie (experience), obučenie (teaching | learning), and drama.



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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Mathematics of Mathematics
  • Book Subtitle Thinking with the Late, Spinozist Vygotsky
  • Authors Wolff-Michael Roth
  • Series Title New Directions in Mathematics and Science Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6300-926-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages CCXXXVIII, 10
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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