Ideas at the Intersection of Mathematics, Philosophy, and Theology

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How do mathematics, philosophy, and theology intersect? In Ideas at the Intersection of Mathematics, Philosophy, and Theology, Carlos Bovell proposes a wide range of possibilities. In a series of eleven thought-provoking essays, the author explores such topics as the place of mathematics in the work of Husserl and Heidegger, the importance of infinity for the Christian conception of God, and the impact of Gödel's Theorem on the Westminster Confession of Faith. This book will appeal to readers with backgrounds in ...

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Overview

How do mathematics, philosophy, and theology intersect? In Ideas at the Intersection of Mathematics, Philosophy, and Theology, Carlos Bovell proposes a wide range of possibilities. In a series of eleven thought-provoking essays, the author explores such topics as the place of mathematics in the work of Husserl and Heidegger, the importance of infinity for the Christian conception of God, and the impact of Gödel's Theorem on the Westminster Confession of Faith. This book will appeal to readers with backgrounds in mathematics, philosophy, and theology and can be used in core, interdisciplinary modules that contain a math component.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608999736
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Carlos R. Bovell is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. His other books include Inerrancy and the Spiritual Formation of Younger Evangelicals, By Good and Necessary Consequence: A Preliminary Genealogy of Biblicist Foundationalism, Rehabilitating Inerrancy in a Culture of Fear, and (editor) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Authority of Scripture.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The definition of mathematics seems to Limit its potential for the humanities 1

2 Ninety-nine percent of mathematics has little to no use for philosophy 11

3 Some ideas on Husserl's remarks that mathematicians are not pure theoreticians 20

4 Some ideas on Heidegger and the influence of mathematics and science on metaphysics 34

5 A comparison between Euclid and Aquinas and a question of method 46

6 On the "good and necessary consequence" clause in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) 57

7 Thoughts on supernaturalism and its irrelevance for science and mathematics 66

8 Thoughts on the intermediate value theorem and the "knowledge-boundary" problem 74

9 On the associative property of addition and its application to the Godhead 82

10 Remarks on the search for an infinite God in the philosophy of Edmund Husserl 99

11 Observations regarding the Kalam argument and its disavowal of actual infinites 110

Bibliography 123

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