Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (2):202-210 (2008)
|Abstract||Although in the past three decades interest in mathematical explanation revived, recent literature on the subject seems to neglect the strict connection between explanation and discovery. In this paper I sketch an alternative approach that takes such connection into account. My approach is a revised version of one originally considered by Descartes. The main difference is that my approach is in terms of the analytic method, which is a method of discovery prior to axiomatized mathematics, whereas Descartes’s approach is in terms of the analytic-synthetic method, which is a heuristic pattern in already axiomatized mathematics.|
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