ISBN13:978-0195035414 ISBN10: 0195035410 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0195031492 ISBN10: 0195031490
Summary: This book argues against the view that mathematical knowledge is a priori, contending that mathematics is an empirical science and develops historically, just as natural sciences do. Kitcher presents a complete, systematic, and richly detailed account of the nature of mathematical knowledge and its historical development, focusing on such neglected issues as how and why mathematical language changes, why certain questions assume overriding importance, and how standar
Summary: This book argues against the view that mathematical knowledge is a priori, contending that mathematics is an empirical science and develops historically, just as natural sciences do. Kitcher presents a complete, systematic, and richly detailed account of the nature of mathematical knowledge and its historical development, focusing on such neglected issues as how and why mathematical language changes, why certain questions assume overriding importance, and how standards of proof are modified. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:85 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Oxford University Press Published: 02/07/1985 International: No
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Kitcher, Philip : Columbia University in the City of New York
"Outstanding--clear, readable, and convincing."
--Patricia Churchland, University of California, San Diego
"Does an excellent job of tracing the evolution of mathematical rigor. It is a must for the entire academic community."
--R.L. Pour, Emory and Henry College
"A valuable and important book...It is a pleasure to see Philip Kitcher making such an original contribution to the philosophy of mathematics, and to general philosophy also. All told, it marks him as having one of the freshest minds at work in Anglo-American philosophy today."
"A truly fascinating account."
"An impressive display of erudition and philosophical acuity....Should play a significant role in both the philosophy and historiography of mathematics."
--British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Oxford University Press Web Site, May, 2000
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