Whether Mathematics is Invented or Discovered?

Unfortunately, this video is poorly titled, since the word “invention” is derived from the Latin invenire, which means “to discover”, creating some confusion. Students who have studied Aristotle will recognize the distinction is between what is natural (established by God) and what is conventional (established by man), which is what the author of this video intended.

Regardless, the video below provides us with an interesting discussion on the origin of mathematics. I’d like to challenge Academy students who are studying Classical Arithmetic and Classical Geometry to watch this video and see what they can identify that relates to their studies in Classical Mathematics.

Remember to watch the video critically, for these are human ideas being discussed, not divine revelation.

If you are a student and would like to get started in these studies of the philosophy of Mathematics, consider joining us in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s Quadrivium courses.

God bless your studies,
Mr. William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy

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