Mathematicians and Philosophers: Chalk and Cheese?
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Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)  
...mathematicians and philosophers go about their business in very different ways, and on the whole they don't mix. Mathematicians who arguably would benefit from reading works in philosophy rarely do so  books by Daniel Dennett and John Searle excepted  and even philosophers of mathematics appear to read little contemporary work on mathematics  books by Roger Penrose excepted. As Thomas Kuhn wrote in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, "...normal science usually holds creative philosophy at arm's length, and probably for good reasons." Kuhn goes on to describe those "probable good reasons"  in essence, to make progress in science it is generally better to ignore the potentially distracting metascientific questions that so interest the philosopher. Count mathematics in with science on that score.  


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