Realism in Mathematics
By (author) Penelope Maddy
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Realism in Mathematics by Penelope Maddy
Book DescriptionWhen engaged in mathematics, most people tend to think of themselves as scientists investigating the features of real mathematical things, and the wildly successful application of mathematics in the physical sciences reinforces this picture of mathematics as an objective study. For philosophers, however, this realism about mathematics raises serious questions: What are mathematical things? Where are they? How do we know about them? Penelope Maddy delineates and defends a novel version of mathematical realism that answers the traditional questions and refocuses philosophical attention on the pressing foundational issues of contemporary mathematics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198240358
(217mm x 139mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Penelope Maddy
Logical Must, Hardback (September 2014)
The Logical Must is an examination of Wittgenstein's philosophy of logic, early and late, from an austere naturalistic perspective called "Second Philosophy."
Logic Colloquium 2007, Paperback (March 2014)
The 2007 proceedings from the Annual European Meeting of the Association for Symbolic Logic.
Defending the Axioms, Paperback (March 2013)
Mathematics depends on proofs, and proofs must begin somewhere, from some fundamental assumptions. The axioms of set theory have long played this role, so the question of how they are properly judged is of central importance. Maddy discusses the appropriate methods for such evaluations and the philosophical backdrop that makes them appropriate.
Second Philosophy, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Penelope Maddy
Many philosophers claim to be naturalists, but there is no common understanding of what naturalism is. Maddy proposes an austere form of naturalism called 'Second Philosophy', using the persona of an idealized inquirer, and she puts this method into practice in illuminating reflections on logical truth, philosophy of mathematics, and metaphysics.
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