Mathematical depth

In our Mind review of Penelope Maddy’s Defending the Axioms, Luca Incurvati and I were rather skeptical about whether she could really rely on the notion of mathematical depth to do as much work as she wants it to do in that book. But we did add “We agree that there is depth to the phenomenon of mathematical depth: all credit to Maddy for inviting philosophers of mathematics to think hard about its role in mathematical practice.”

Since then, there has been a workshop on mathematical depth at UC Irvine co-organized by Maddy, and now versions of the papers there have been made available as a virtual issue of Philosophia Mathematica which will remain freely available until November this year. Looks interesting.

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