On the Impact of Philosophical Conceptions on Mathematics Research: The Case of Condillac and Babbage

Eduardo L. Ortiz

Resumen


The possible impact of general philosophical ideas on the choice of research subject in mathematics is the topic of this paper. I examine a specific case in which the philosophical background is provided by a discussion on the role of language in science, which is associated with the work of Condillac. The area of mathematics considered is functional equations, a difficult chapter of mathematical analysis that began to be developed between the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century. The researcher is Charles Babbage (1791-1871), a young British mathematician deeply interested in the recent work of French mathematicians and philosophers of science. 


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philosophy; mathematics; Condillac; Babbage

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