All human beings as mathematical workers: sociology of mathematics as a voice in support of the ethnomathematics posture and against essentialism. (English)

Philos. Math. Educ. J. 27, 14 p., electronic only (2013).

Summary: This paper draws attention to the mathematical knowledge of all human beings, looking to mathematics as a category of knowledge being a product of collective actions. To ground this mathematical concept, we worked with sociology of mathematics voices searching for dialogical ways to nourish the ethnomathematics posture, which assumes all human being are mathematical workers. We also point out that this posture requires moving against essentialism and Platonic postures in mathematics.