Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity

Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity

by Graham Oppy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521860679

ISBN-13: 9780521860673

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is an exploration of philosophical questions about infinity. Graham Oppy examines how the infinite lurks everywhere, both in science and in our ordinary thoughts about the world. He also analyses the many puzzles and paradoxes that follow in the train of the infinite. Even simple notions, such as counting, adding and maximising present serious difficulties.…  See more details below

Overview

This book is an exploration of philosophical questions about infinity. Graham Oppy examines how the infinite lurks everywhere, both in science and in our ordinary thoughts about the world. He also analyses the many puzzles and paradoxes that follow in the train of the infinite. Even simple notions, such as counting, adding and maximising present serious difficulties. Other topics examined include the nature of space and time, infinities in physical science, infinities in theories of probability and decision, the nature of part/whole relations, mathematical theories of the infinite, and infinite regression and principles of sufficient reason.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521860673
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Beginnings and puzzles; 2. Mathematical preliminaries; 3. Some cases discussed; 4. Space, time, and spacetime; 5. Physical infinities; 6. Probability and decision theory; 7. Mereology; 8. Philosophical theories; 9. Infinite regress and sufficient reason.

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