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Constructibility and Mathematical Existence [NOOK Book]

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Chihara here develops a mathematical system in which there are no existence assertions but only assertions of the constructibility of certain sorts of things. He utilizes this system in the analysis of the nature of mathematics, and discusses many recent works in the philosophy of mathematics from the viewpoint of the constructibility theory developed. This innovative analysis will appeal to mathematicians and philosophers of logic, mathematics, and science.
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Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

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Overview


Chihara here develops a mathematical system in which there are no existence assertions but only assertions of the constructibility of certain sorts of things. He utilizes this system in the analysis of the nature of mathematics, and discusses many recent works in the philosophy of mathematics from the viewpoint of the constructibility theory developed. This innovative analysis will appeal to mathematicians and philosophers of logic, mathematics, and science.
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"Written in a lively, engaging style and is filled with penetrating analyses and careful thought. I recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in the philosophy of mathematics."—Mind

"An important book....It helps sharpen and deepen our understanding of some of the most interesting issues in the philosophy of mathematics, and it thereby pushes our subject forward."—Philosophia Mathematica

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191520006
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/1990
  • Series: Clarendon Paperbacks Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 544 KB

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