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When 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 Details

ISBN: 9780198240358
ISBN-10: 019824035X
Format: Paperback
(217mm x 139mm x 14mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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