Enumerated entities in public policy and governance

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    Abstract

    A poster promoting policy change in Australia’s fisheries, which features a list of seven numbers in its effort to persuade, serves as occasion to do ontology. A performativist analytic is mobilized to show the mutual entanglements of politics and epistemics within which these numbers, agential in policy, come to life. Three distinct types of entanglement are revealed. Numbers have different political valences, and mathematicians need to attend to these in order to act responsibly as mathematicians.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMathematics, Substance and Surmise
    Subtitle of host publicationViews on the Meaning and Ontology of Mathematics
    EditorsErnest Davis, Philip J. Davis
    Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter18
    Pages365-379
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-21473-3
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-21472-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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