Event Postponed!

Understanding Mathematical Explanation

Uniting philosophical and educational perspectives

This workshop has been POSTPONED in response to recent rutgers policies put in place to address the spread of covid-19

New date to be announced

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The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (SES-1921688) and is aimed at bringing together academics who study the notion of mathematical explanation from philosophical and from educational/psychological perspectives. The idea is to bring together philosophers of mathematics, epistemologists, psychologists, and mathematics educators, to discuss how developments in their own fields could meaningfully contribute to the work on mathematical explanation where their fields intersect. In particular, we want to explore the ways in which mathematical explanation engenders understanding, by focusing on the relationship between different types of philosophical accounts of mathematical explanation, educational approaches to the characterization of effective explanations in the mathematics classroom, and work at the intersection of these two perspectives.

Speakers & Discussants

Jessica Carter

University of Southern Denmark

Mark Colyvan

University of Sydney

Silvia De Toffoli

Princeton University

Joachim Frans

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Matthew Inglis

Loughborough University

Marc Lange

Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tania Lombrozo

Princeton University

Alexander Renkl

University of Freiburg

Betthany Rittle-Johnson

Vanderbilt University

Keith Weber

Rutgers University

Orit Zaslavsky

New York University


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Complimentary parking is provided for event attendees and overnight travelers in LOT 82. The front desk of the Rutgers University Inn will register guest vehicle information electronically upon check in (you will need your license plate information upon check in).

Rutgers University students must check their individual permit for parking restrictions.