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Description - Mathematical Thought and its Objects by Charles Parsons

Charles Parsons examines the notion of object, with the aim to navigate between nominalism, denying that distinctively mathematical objects exist, and forms of Platonism that postulate a transcendent realm of such objects. He introduces the central mathematical notion of structure and defends a version of the structuralist view of mathematical objects, according to which their existence is relative to a structure and they have no more of a 'nature' than that confers on them. Parsons also analyzes the concept of intuition and presents a conception of it distantly inspired by that of Kant, which describes a basic kind of access to abstract objects and an element of a first conception of the infinite.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521452793
ISBN-10: 0521452791
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Charles Parsons

Charles Parsons is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at Harvard University. He is a former editor of the Journal of Philosophy. He is the author of Mathematics in Philosophy and co-editor of the posthumous works of Kurt Godel.

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