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Requiring neither prior knowledge of mathematics nor aptitude for mathematical symbolism, the book serves as essential reading for anyone interested in the intersection of mathematics and logic and in the development of analytic philosophy in the twentieth century. Russell offers to his readers a penetrating discussion on certain issues of mathematical logic that embodies the dawn of modern analytic philosophy.
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Posted December 20, 2006
The book explores a much neglected area of philosophy. The Nature of Mathematics and mathematical truth. It also touches briefly on the Ontology of mathematical concepts. Do mathematical concepts exist independently of mathematicians or instead are they invented by them. This is an obscure question to many but could be seen to be as important as asking 'do entities such as numbers and concepts exist independently of the material world. The answer to this question would have very important consequences for materialism as a reigning philosophy. Russell's book is a great intro to this neglected subject.
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Minus the editor's introduction, you can get this book free in several different formats elsewhere...
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The only thing which could possibly make this book better would be if it were written after Godel's work.
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Overview
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy has been a seminal work for more than nine decades. It gives the general background necessary for any serious discussion on the foundational crisis of mathematics in the beginning of the twentieth century.
Requiring neither prior knowledge of mathematics nor aptitude for mathematical symbolism, the book serves as essential reading for anyone interested in the intersection of mathematics and logic and in the development of analytic ...