Mathematical Thought and its Objects (Paperback)Charles Parsons (author)
Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 17/09/2009
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Charles Parsons examines the notion of object, with the aim to navigate between nominalism, denying that distinctively mathematical objects exist, and forms of Platonism that postulate a transcendent realm of such objects. He introduces the central mathematical notion of structure and defends a version of the structuralist view of mathematical objects, according to which their existence is relative to a structure and they have no more of a 'nature' than that confers on them. Parsons also analyzes the concept of intuition and presents a conception of it distantly inspired by that of Kant, which describes a basic kind of access to abstract objects and an element of a first conception of the infinite.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
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