This important book by a major American philosopher brings together eleven essays treating problems in logic and the philosophy of mathematics. A common point of view, that mathematical thought is central to our thought in general, underlies the essays. In his introduction, Parsons articulates that point of view and relates it to past and recent discussions of the foundations of mathematics.
Mathematics in Philosophy is divided into three parts. Ontologythe question of the nature and extent of existence assumptions in mathematicsis the subject of Part One and recurs elsewhere. Part Two consists of essays on two important historical figures, Kant and Frege, and one contemporary, W. V. Quine. Part Three contains essays on the three interrelated notions of set, class, and truth.
About the Author
Charles Parsons is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of Mathematics in Philosophy: Selected Essays from Cornell and On Constructive Interpretation of Predicative Mathematics.