Mathematics in Philosophy: Selected Essays

Mathematics in Philosophy: Selected Essays

by Charles D. Parsons


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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. Ontology—the question of the nature and extent of existence assumptions in mathematics—is 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801414718
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 03/19/1984
Series: 3/21/2008
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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