## Mathematics Faculty Scholarship

#### Document Type

Conference Proceeding

#### Publication Date

1999

#### Publication Title

Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

#### Publisher

Wheaton, Illinois: ACMS

#### Keywords

Mathematics, Philosophy, Platonism

#### Abstract

Mathematics, as an academic discipline, has stood for many years as the last bastion against a growing tide of intellectual relativism that has become all but ubiquitous. More recently, however, efforts have been made to "humanize" mathematics by advocating a social-constructivist approach to the philosophy of mathematics, both in practice and education. This paper is intended to serve as a critical response to one advocate of this approach, Reuben Hersh (*What Is Mathematics, Really?*, 1997), and in the process a defense of Platonism.

#### First Page

1

#### Last Page

21

#### Repository Citation

Stucki, David J., "The Deconstruction of Mathematics: A criticism of Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? and the Humanist Philosophy of Mathematics" (1999). *Mathematics Faculty Scholarship*. 16.

http://digitalcommons.otterbein.edu/math_fac/16

#### Original Citation

Stucki, David J. "The Deconstruction of Mathematics: A criticism of Reuben Hersh's What Is Mathematics, Really? and the Humanist Philosophy of Mathematics." *Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences* (1999):1-21

#### Version

Publisher's Version

#### Peer Reviewed

1