id: 06448880
dt: j
an: 2015d.00273
au: Skovsmose, Ole; Yasukawa, Keiko; Ravn, Ole
ti: Scripting the world in mathematics and its ethical implications.
so: Philos. Math. Educ. J. 26, 21 p., electronic only (2011).
py: 2011
pu: Professor Paul Ernest, University of Exeter, Graduate School of Education,
Exeter
la: EN
cc: D20 E20 A40 C60
ut: mathematics and philosophy; sociology of science; mathematics and society;
mathematics in action; description; inscription; prescription;
subscription; values; ethics; mathematical model building
ci:
li: http://people.exeter.ac.uk/PErnest/pome26/Skovsmose%20Yasukawa%20Ravn%20%20Scripting%20the%20World%20in%20Mathematics%20and%20its%20Ethical%20Implications.docx
ab: Summary: We examine the inseparability of mathematical reasoning and ethics
by showing how mathematics is a powerful script that influences how
people experience the world and act on their world. We examine four
aspects of mathematics as a script: the way mathematics is used to
describe social and natural phenomena; to inscribe particular values
and beliefs into the way we view and understand the world; to prescribe
certain actions to be taken; and how mathematics establishes a
discourse that people come to subscribe to. However, by the time the
numbers and measures behind mathematical descriptions are translated
into actions in the real world, those values and beliefs that have been
inscribed into them come obscured. The lack of transparency of the
values and beliefs underpinning mathematical models raises profound
ethical issues.
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