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Decision theory meets the Witch of Agnesi

Alexander, J McKenzie (2012) Decision theory meets the Witch of Agnesi. Journal of Philosophy, 109 (12). pp. 712-727. ISSN 0022-362X

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Abstract

In the course of history, many individuals have the dubious honor of being remembered primarily for an eponym of which they would disapprove. How many are aware that Joseph-Ignace Guillotin actually opposed the death penalty? Another notable case is that of Maria Agnesi, an Italian woman of privileged, but not noble, birth who excelled at mathematics and philosophy during the eighteenth century. In her treatise of 1748, Instituzioni Analitiche, she provided a comprehensive summary of the current state of knowledge concerning both integral calculus and differential equations. Later in life she was elected to the Bologna Academy of Sciences and, in 1762, was consulted by the University of Turin for an opinion on the work of an up-and-coming mathematician named Joseph-Louis Lagrange.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journalofphilosophy.org/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Journal of Philosophy, Inc.
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 07:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45286/

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