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Philosophy of Mathematics: Selected Readings

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Includes several classic essays from the first edition, a representative selection of the most influential work of the past twenty years, a substantial introduction, and an extended bibliography. Originally published by Prentice-Hall in 1964.
Paperback, 612 pages
Published January 3rd 1984 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 1st 1983)
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Patrick Walsh
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is something of an introduction to the philosophy of math for me. I have read some papers and one book on the subject, but nothing covering this broad of an area. The collection is packed full of the papers that other papers cite. I do like going to the sources and this is a extremely illuminating anthology of primary sources. You not only get the feel of the early to mid 20th century philosophy of math, which always interested me, but you get a whole lot of paradigmatic arguments of major ...more
Alex Lee
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fairly abstract book to read. There are many essays in this book that question how we should characterize our relationship with numbers, or how numbers are or are not in the world. Nearly nothing is taken for granted; at its most abstract even the relationship between mathematics and logic is questioned. Ultimately the various kinds of consistencies that are abstractly drawn are compared for structural "differences" within the relationships. Most of these are digitally produced by comp ...more
Mitchell
May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
This was a collection of essays organized around a few of the major themes in early 20th century mathematical philosophy, such as formalism vs. intuitionism, the nature of mathematical truth, etc. The essays presented a variety of viewpoints on each topic, and gave a good sense of the dialogue and debate that was taking place in the field at the time. A lot of the great 20th century mathematical philosophers are represented here, including Russell, Frege, Goedel, and Hilbert. The essays go fairl ...more
Alec Julien
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A must-have book, if you're a student of the philosophy of mathematics. This was THE anthology of important essays when it came out, and remained so for a lot of years. As an historical map of the phil-math terrain, this book is essential.
Josie
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An important book in the field
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