Topology as an Issue for History of Philosophy of Science

In Hanne Andersen, Dennis Dieks, Wenceslao J. Gonzalez, Thomas Uebel & Gregory Wheeler (eds.), New Challenges to Philosophy of Science. Springer 423--434 (2013)
Since antiquity well into the beginnings of the 20th century geometry was a central topic for philosophy. Since then, however, most philosophers of science, if they took notice of topology at all, considered it as an abstruse subdiscipline of mathematics lacking philosophical interest. Here it is argued that this neglect of topology by philosophy may be conceived of as the sign of a conceptual sea-change in philosophy of science that expelled geometry, and, more generally, mathematics, from the central position it used to have in philosophy of science and placed logic at center stage in the 20th century philosophy of science. Only in recent decades logic has begun to loose its monopoly and geometry and topology received a new chance to find a place in philosophy of science.
Keywords Philosophy Mathematics  Topology  History of Philosophy of Science  B. Russell  M. Stone
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive Thomas Mormann, Topology as an Issue for History of Philosophy of Science
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
C. Callender & R. Weingard (2000). Topology Change and the Unity of Space. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 31 (2):227-246.
Colin McLarty (1990). The Uses and Abuses of the History of Topos Theory. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (3):351-375.
Adrian Heathcote (1988). Zeeman-Göbel Topologies. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 39 (2):247-261.
Edward N. Zalta (2007). Reflections on Mathematics. In V. F. Hendricks & Hannes Leitgeb (eds.), Philosophy of Mathematics: Five Questions. Automatic Press/VIP
E. R. Grosholz (1985). Two Episodes in the Unification of Logic and Topology. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (2):147-157.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

235 ( #4,668 of 1,725,806 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

34 ( #32,013 of 1,725,806 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.