Reason's Nearest Kin: Philosophies of Arithmetic from Kant to Carnap (BOK)

Michael Potter

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How do we account for the truth of arithmetic? And if it does not depend for its truth on the way the world is, what constrains the world to conform to arithmetic? Reason's Nearest Kin is a critical examination of the astonishing progress made towards answering these questions from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. In the space of fifty years Frege, Dedekind, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ramsey, Hilbert, and Carnap developed accounts of the content of arithmetic that were brilliantly original both technically and philosophically. Michael Potter's innovative study presents them all as finding that content in various aspects of the complex linkage between experience, language, thought, and the world. Potter's reading places them all in Kant's shadow, since it was his attempt to ground arithmetic in the spatio-temporal structure of reality that they were reacting against; but it places us in Godel's shadow since his incompleteness theorems supply us with a measure of the richness of the content they were trying to explain.This stimulating reassessment of some of the classic texts in the philosophy of mathematics reveals many unexpected connections and illuminating comparisons, and offers a wealth of ideas for future work in the subject.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2002 Forfatter Michael Potter
Forlag
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199252619
Antall sider 315 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 1,7cm
Vekt 464 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Philosophy of science, Philosophy: logic, Philosophy of mathematics