Wittgenstein, Finitism, and the Foundations of Mathematics
By (author) Mathieu Marion
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Wittgenstein, Finitism, and the Foundations of Mathematics by Mathieu Marion
Book DescriptionMathieu Marion offers a careful, historically informed study of Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics. This area of his work has frequently been undervalued by Wittgenstein specialists and by philosophers of mathematics alike; but the surprising fact that he wrote more on this subject than on any other indicates its centrality in his thought. Marion traces the development of Wittgenstein's thinking in the context of the mathematical and philosophical work of the times, to make coherent sense of ideas that have too often been misunderstood because they have been presented in a disjointed and incomplete way. In particular, he illuminates the work of the neglected 'transitional period' between the Tractatus and the Investigations. Marion shows that study of Wittgenstein's writings on mathematics is essential to a proper understanding of his philosophy; and he also demonstrates that it has much to contribute to current debates about the foundations of mathematics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199550470
(215mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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An historically informed study of Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics in the OXFORD PHILOSOPHICAL MONOGRAPHS series. The author traces Wittgenstein's thinking from the 1920s through to the 50s in the context of mathematical and philosophical work of the times to make coherent sense of the thinker's work on the subject.
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Author Biography - Mathieu Marion
Mathieu Marion holds the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics at the University of Quebec, Montreal.
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