Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

by James Robert Brown


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138809772
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/11/2014
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

James Robert Brown is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His interests include foundational issues in mathematics and physics, thought experiments, and the relations of science to society. Recent books include: Who Rules? An Opinionated Guide to the Epistemology and Politics of the Science Wars, Harvard, and new editions of The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences, Routledge, and Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures, Routledge.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Mathematical Explanation 2. What is Naturalism? 3. Perception, Practice, and Ideal Agents: Kitcher’s Naturalism 4. Just Metaphor?: Lakoff’s Language 5. Semi-Naturalists and Reluctant Realists 6. A Life of its Own?: Maddy and Mathematical Autonomy 7. Seeing with the Mind’s Eye: The Platonist Alternative 8. Afterword

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