In this talk, I offer a précis of my recently published book The Dialogical Roots of Deduction (CUP, 2020). The book offers an account of the concept and practices of deduction by bringing together perspectives from philosophy, history, psychology and cognitive science, and mathematical practice. I draw on all of these perspectives to argue for an overarching conceptualization of deduction as a dialogical practice: deduction has dialogical roots, and these dialogical roots are still largely present both in theories and in practices of deduction. The account also highlights the deeply human and in fact social nature of deduction, as embedded in actual human practices.
Jowett Society Organising Committee: Sophie Nagler | Jowett Society Website