Philosophy of Mathematics in the Twentieth Century: Selected Essays

Philosophy of Mathematics in the Twentieth Century: Selected Essays

Charles Parsons


In this illuminating assortment, Charles Parsons surveys the contributions of philosophers and mathematicians who formed the philosophy of arithmetic over the process the earlier century.

Parsons starts off with a dialogue of the Kantian legacy within the paintings of L. E. J. Brouwer, David Hilbert, and Paul Bernays, laying off gentle on how Bernays revised his philosophy after his collaboration with Hilbert. He considers Hermann Weyl's proposal of a "vicious circle" within the foundations of arithmetic, a thorough declare that elicited many demanding situations. Turning to Kurt Gödel, whose incompleteness theorem reworked debate at the foundations of arithmetic and taken mathematical good judgment to adulthood, Parsons discusses his essay on Bertrand Russell's mathematical logic--Gödel's first mature philosophical assertion and an avowal of his Platonistic view.

Philosophy of arithmetic within the 20th Century insightfully treats the contributions of figures the writer knew in my opinion: W. V. Quine, Hilary Putnam, Hao Wang, and William Tait. Quine's early paintings on ontology is explored, as is his nominalistic view of predication and his use of the genetic approach to rationalization within the overdue paintings The Roots of Reference. Parsons makes an attempt to tease out Putnam's perspectives on life and ontology, particularly relating to common sense and arithmetic. Wang's contributions to topics starting from the idea that of set, minds, and machines to the translation of Gödel are tested, as are Tait's axiomatic belief of arithmetic, his minimalist realism, and his ideas on historic figures.

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