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Mathematical induction and its formation during childhood.

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Journal publication date12/2008
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Journal number6
Number of pages2
Original languageEnglish


I support Rips et al.'s critique of psychology through (1) a complementary argument about the normative, modal, constitutive nature of mathematical principles. I add two reservations about their analysis of mathematical induction, arguing (2) for constructivism against their logicism as to its interpretation and formation in childhood (Smith 2002), and (3) for Piaget's account of reasons in rule learning.