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This work tackles the philosophical aspects of the concept of infinity, ranging from Aristotle and Zeno, through Hume, Berkeley and Kant, and on to tasks and super-tasks, Skolem's promises and paradoxes, models and reality, the Makropolus case, and the tedium of immortality.
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  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 175 x 251 x 38.1mm | 1,000g
  • Dartmouth Publishing Co Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1855212609
  • 9781855212602

Table of contents

Zeno and the mathematicians, G.E.L. Owen; a note on Zeno's arrow, J. Lear; Aristotle, Zeno and the potential infinite, D. Bostock; Aristotelian infinity, J. Lear; Hume and Berkeley on the proofs of infinite divisibility R. Fogelin; infinity and Kant's conception of the "possibility of experience", C. Parsons; the age and size of the world, J. Bennett; Kant of cantor? that the universe, if real, must be finite in both space and time, P.M. Huby; infinity and vagueness, D.H. Sanford; infinity, G. Robinson and H.R. Harre; the potential infinite, W.D. Hart; proper classes, P. Maddy; is 10 a finite number?, D.van Dantzig; strict finitism, C. Wright; tasks and super-tasks, J. Thomson; tasks, super-tasks and modern eleatics, P. Benacerraf; a problem for institutionism - the apparent possibility of performing infinitely many tasks in a finite time, A.W. Moore; skolem's promises and paradoxes, W.D. Hart; models and reality, H. Putnam; what computers can't do, G. Hunter; the makropolus case - reflections on the tedium of immortality, B. Williams.
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