Philosophy of Mathematics

Philosophy of Mathematics

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A sophisticated, original introduction to the philosophy of mathematics from one of its leading thinkers

Mathematics is a model of precision and objectivity, but it appears distinct from the empirical sciences because it seems to deliver nonexperiential knowledge of a nonphysical reality of numbers, sets, and functions. How can these two aspects of mathematics be reconciled? This concise book provides a systematic, accessible introduction to the field that is trying to answer that question: the philosophy of mathematics. Oystein Linnebo, one of the world's leading scholars on the subject, introduces all of the classical approaches to the field as well as more specialized issues, including mathematical intuition, potential infinity, and the search for new mathematical axioms. Sophisticated but clear and approachable, this is an essential book for all students and teachers of philosophy and of mathematics.
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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15.24mm | 272.16g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 069120229X
  • 9780691202297
  • 570,138

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"This is an excellent introduction to the philosophy of mathematics, with clear and careful coverage of both traditional topics and cutting-edge contemporary debates."--Roy T. Cook, University of Minnesota

"This is a good introduction to the philosophy of mathematics--clear and concise, and with original observations and a coherent point of view."--John P. Burgess, Princeton University
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"This is an excellent introduction to the philosophy of mathematics, with clear and careful coverage of both traditional topics and cutting-edge contemporary debates."--Roy T. Cook, University of Minnesota
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About Oystein Linnebo

Oystein Linnebo is professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Thin Objects: An Abstractionist Account and the coauthor (with Salvatore Florio) of The Many and the One: A Philosophical Study.
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