Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

by Charles S. Chihara
     
 

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This book is concerned with 'the problem of existence in mathematics'. It develops a mathematical system in which there are no existence assertions but only assertions of the constructibility of certain sorts of things. It explores the philosophical implications of such an approach in an examination of the writings of Field, Burgess, Maddy, Kitcher, and others.

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This book is concerned with 'the problem of existence in mathematics'. It develops a mathematical system in which there are no existence assertions but only assertions of the constructibility of certain sorts of things. It explores the philosophical implications of such an approach in an examination of the writings of Field, Burgess, Maddy, Kitcher, and others.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191520006
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/12/1990
Series:
Clarendon Paperbacks Series
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
571 KB

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