Aberdein, Andrew

Professor of Philosophy
Arts and Communication, School of

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.

Current Research

  • 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

Selected Publications

Beauty is not simplicity: An analysis of mathematicians’ proof appraisals (with Matthew Inglis). Philosophia mathematica, forthcoming.

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.

Logic for dogs. In What philosophy can tell you about your dog, Steven D. Hales, ed. (Chicago: Open Court, 2008), pp. 167-181.