Naturalism in Mathematics

Oxford University Press (1997)

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Penelope J. Maddy
University of California, Irvine
Abstract
Naturalism in Mathematics investigates how the most fundamental assumptions of mathematics can be justified. One prevalent philosophical approach to the problem--realism--is examined and rejected in favor of another approach--naturalism. Penelope Maddy defines this naturalism, explains the motivation for it, and shows how it can be successfully applied in set theory. Her clear, original treatment of this fundamental issue is informed by current work in both philosophy and mathematics, and will be accessible and enlightening to readers from both disciplines.
Keywords Mathematics Philosophy  Naturalism
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Call number QA8.4.M328 1997
ISBN(s) 9780198235736   0198235739     9780198250753
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