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The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge

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In this book Philip Kitcher argues against this 'mathematical apriorism.' He offers a fresh, alternative approach that links mathematics to natural science and portrays mathematics as a body of knowledge that evolves through its history.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 7th 1985 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 21st 1983)
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Ha. This book was bizarrely emotional, pure undergrad nostalgia. I wish I read the chapter on the history of calculus before I studied analysis.
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Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University. He was the first recipient of the American Philosophical Association's Prometheus Prize for his work to expand the frontiers of science and philosophy. He is the author of many books, including most recently Deaths in Venice.
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