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The Mathematics Enthusiast

Authors

Anna Sfard

Volume

5

Issue

2-3

Abstract

This book is a result of years-long attempts to change my own thinking about thinking, a task seemingly as improbable as breaking a hammer by hitting it with itself. In this unlikely undertaking, I have been inspired by Lev Vygotsky, the Byelorussian psychologist who devoted his life to “characterizing the uniquely human aspects of behavior,”2 and by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the Austrian-British philosopher who insisted that no substantial progress can be made in this kind of endeavor unless the ways we talk, and thus think, about uniquely human “forms of life” undergo extensive revisions.

First Page

429

Last Page

436

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