Defending the Axioms: On the Philosophical Foundations of Set Theory (Hardback)Penelope Maddy (author)
Hardback 162 Pages / Published: 27/01/2011
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Mathematics depends on proofs, and proofs must begin somewhere, from some fundamental assumptions. For nearly a century, the axioms of set theory have played this role, so the question of how these axioms are properly judged takes on a central importance. Approaching the question from a broadly naturalistic or second-philosophical point of view, Defending the Axioms isolates the appropriate methods for such evaluations and investigates the ontological and epistemological backdrop that makes them appropriate. In the end, a new account of the objectivity of mathematics emerges, one refreshingly free of metaphysical commitments.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 162
Weight: 326 g
Dimensions: 223 x 153 x 18 mm
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