(June 2022) New paper out in Educational Studies in Mathematics “Instructions and recipes in mathematical proofs” (link) with Keith Weber.

(SEPT 2021) NEW PAPER out in Episteme: “Group Knowledge and Mathematical Collaboration: A Philosophical Examination of the Classification of Finite Simple Groups” (link) with Josh Habgood-Coote.

I am a philosopher at the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Visiting Fellow at the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University.

My work is on proofs, mathematical knowledge, virtues, and formalisation. I have an ongoing project to apply ideas from epistemologylike social epistemology, character epistemology and epistemic injusticein maths and maths education.

I have previously worked as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Loughborough University and at the University of St Andrews as an Associate Lecturer. Prior to that I was a postdoc at the University of Oxford on the project “The Social Machines of Mathematics” with Ursula Martin.

I did my PhD on the St Andrews/Stirling joint programme, with a thesis entitled “Proof, Rigour and Informality: A Virtue Account of Mathematical Proof”, supervised by Aaron Cotnoir and Patrick Greenough.

I did the Master of Logic at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and an MA in Philosophy and Mathematics in St Andrews.

Contact: You can contact me at both F.Tanswell@lboro.ac.uk and Fenner.Tanswell@vub.be.