### Abstract

Close analysis of Old Babylonian texts shows that they are not deprived of mathematical argument, but that this argument aims at creating understanding and conceptual coherence rather than being deductive in nature; however, the exts also reveal the presence of second-level "crituque" of techniques and concepts, though not in the central role it occupies in Greek mathematics

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | HPM 2004 : History and Pedagogy of Mathematics. Fourth Summer University History and Epistemology of Mathematics, ICME 10 Satellite Meeting, Uppsala July 12-17, 2004. Proceedings |

Place of Publication | Uppsala |

Publisher | Uppsala Universitet |

Publication date | 2004 |

Pages | 28-41 |

Publication status | Published - 2004 |

### Keywords

- mathematical demonstration

## Cite this

Høyrup, J. (2004). Mathematical Justification as Non-Conceptualized Practice: the Babylonian Example. In

*HPM 2004: History and Pedagogy of Mathematics. Fourth Summer University History and Epistemology of Mathematics, ICME 10 Satellite Meeting, Uppsala July 12-17, 2004. Proceedings*(pp. 28-41). Uppsala Universitet.