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Philosophies of Mathematics by Alexander George
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Oct 14, 2011

really liked it
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message 1: by Stefanos (new)

Stefanos He was my professor for Intro to Phil. What did you think about this book?


kaelan George or Velleman? As introductory texts go, I thought this was fantastic, although quite a lot of it went over my head ('tis phil o' math, after all).


message 3: by Stefanos (new)

Stefanos George. Would u recomment it to a novice of philosophy?


kaelan Man... I really depends on your familiarity with logic and logical notation. The book is symbol-heavy and gets pretty dense at times -- I mean, it runs through Godel's incompleteness theorems in toto.

If you're interested in phil of math, I'd maybe start with Frege's Foundations of Arithmetic. He's a very lucid writer; and even if his conclusions (i.e., that arithmetic can be reduced to the axioms of logic) have turned out to be questionable, the book serves as an excellent introduction to logical/analytic approaches to philosophy. It was probably the first text of this type I ever read.


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