Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Bertrand Russell
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411429420
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
258,819
File size:
583 KB

Meet the Author


Bertrand Russell was educated at home until he was eighteen, and then he went to Cambridge to study mathematics and philosophy. He was the second son in an aristocratic and political family, and he frequently championed liberal causes and actively participated in political affairs. He was twice jailed for his anti-war activities and spent six months in prison during World War I for an inflammatory pamphlet he had written. He also wrote books on a number of topics of general cultural interest, including history, education, marriage, and happiness.

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Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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The only thing which could possibly make this book better would be if it were written after Godel's work.
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Minus the editor's introduction, you can get this book free in several different formats elsewhere... http://people.umass.edu/klement/russell-imp.html
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