Let Lakatos be! A commentary on "would the real Lakatos please stand up"

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In this commentary, some remarks are offered on David Pimm, Mary Beisiegel, and Irene Meglis' article "Would the Real Lakatos Please Stand up." The commentary focuses on relatively recent developments in the philosophy of mathematics based on the work of Lakatos; on theory development in mathematics education; and offers critique on whether Lakatos' Proofs and Refutations (1976) can be directly implicated in mathematics education. "Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night; God said, Let Newton be! and all was light." (Pope, 1688-17441)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-492
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008


  • Classroom discussion
  • Imre Lakatos
  • Mathematical methodology
  • Mathematics education
  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Philosophy of mathematics education
  • Proofs and Refutations
  • School mathematics


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