The University of Montana

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #5/2013

Quasi-empirical reasoning (Lakatos)

**Bharath Sriraman**

The University of Montana

**Nicholas Mousoulides**

University of Cyprus

**Abstract**

This entry examines Lakatos’ assertion that the nature of mathematical knowledge is quasi-empirical, in attempting to describe the growth of mathematical knowledge and its implications for mathematics education.

**Keywords:** Lakatos; Maverick traditions in the philosophy of mathematics; Fallibilism; Proofs and Refutations; Proof; Philosophy of Mathematics

**AMS Subject Classification:** 97

Excerpt of article to appear in S. Lerman (Ed), *The Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education*, Springer Reference Works. Full article unavailable due to publisher embargo. Pdf (174 KB)