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Andrew Aberdein

Professor | School of Arts and Communication

Contact Information
(321) 674-8368
Frederick C. Crawford Bldg, 624

Professional Experience

Dr. Aberdein has taught at Florida Tech since 2003. He has also held visiting research positions at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the University of Windsor in Ontario. Prior to his appointment at Florida Tech he was a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Logic & Metaphysics from the University of St. Andrews in 2001.

Selected Publications

Evidence, proofs, and derivations. ZDM mathematics education 51(5), 2019, pp. 825–34.

Explanation in mathematical conversations: An empirical investigation (with Alison Pease & Ursula Martin). Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society A 377, 2019.

Virtuous norms for visual arguers. Argumentation 32(1), 2018, pp. 1–23.

Redefining revolutions. In The Kuhnian image of science: Time for a decisive transformation?, Moti Mizrahi, ed. (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), pp. 133–54.

Arguments with losers. Florida philosophical review 16(1), 2016, pp. 1–11.

The vices of argument. Topoi 35(2), 2016, pp. 413–22.

Beauty is not simplicity: An analysis of mathematicians’ proof appraisals (with Matthew Inglis). Philosophia mathematica 23(1), 2015, pp. 87–109.

Rhetoric: The art of persuasion (with Adina Arvatu). (Glastonbury: Wooden, 2015).

In defence of virtue: The legitimacy of agent-based argument appraisal. Informal logic 34(1), 2014, pp. 77–93.

The argument of mathematics, Andrew Aberdein & Ian Dove, edd. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013).

Mathematical wit and mathematical cognition. Topics in cognitive science, 5(2), 2013, pp. 231–50.

The judo principle, philosophical method and the logic of jokes. In Philosophy and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Nicholas Joll, ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 213–35.

Five theories of reasoning: Interconnections and applications to mathematics (with Alison Pease). Logic and logical philosophy 20(1-2), 2011, pp. 7-57.

Strange bedfellows: The interpenetration of philosophy and pornography. In Porn: How to think with kink, Dave Monroe, ed. (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 22-34.

Observations on sick mathematics. In Philosophical perspectives on mathematical practice, Bart Van Kerkhove, Jonas De Vuyst, & Jean Paul Van Bendegem, edd. (London: College Publications, 2010), pp. 269-300.

Virtue in argument. Argumentation, 24(2), 2010, pp. 165-179.

The philosophy of alternative logics (with Stephen Read). In Development of Modern Logic, L. Haaparanta, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 627-738.

Mathematical argumentation. (As editor, with Ian J. Dove.) Special issue of Foundations of science, 14(1-2), 2009.


  • Knowledge and justification in mathematical practice
  • Explanation, especially in mathematics
  • Error and theory change in science
  • Virtue theory, especially as applied to argumentation
  • Philosophy of jokes

Research & Project Interests

Much of Dr. Aberdein's research is concerned with the interplay of formal and informal accounts of human reason. He is particularly interested in argumentation theory, and its use in understanding science, technology, and mathematics.

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