Logicism and its philosophical legacy
- Demopoulos, William.
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- Physical description
- xii, 272 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
QA9 .D38 2013
- Unknown QA9 .D38 2013
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-265) and index.
- Preface-- Introduction-- 1. Frege's analysis of arithmetical knowledge-- 2. Carnap's thesis, on extending 'empiricism, semantics and ontology' to the realism-instrumentalism controversy-- 3. Carnap's analysis of realism-- 4. Bertrand Russell's The Analysis of Matter: its historical context and contemporary interest with Michael Friedman-- 5. On the rational reconstruction of our theoretical knowledge-- 6. Three views of theoretical knowledge-- 7. Frege and the rigorization of analysis-- 8. The philosophical basis of our knowledge of number-- 9. The 1910 Principia's theory of functions and classes-- 10. Ramsey's extensional propositional functions.
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- Publisher's Summary
- The idea that mathematics is reducible to logic has a long history, but it was Frege who gave logicism an articulation and defense that transformed it into a distinctive philosophical thesis with a profound influence on the development of philosophy in the twentieth century. This volume of classic, revised and newly written essays by William Demopoulos examines logicism's principal legacy for philosophy: its elaboration of notions of analysis and reconstruction. The essays reflect on the deployment of these ideas by the principal figures in the history of the subject - Frege, Russell, Ramsey and Carnap - and in doing so illuminate current concerns about the nature of mathematical and theoretical knowledge. Issues addressed include the nature of arithmetical knowledge in the light of Frege's theorem; the status of realism about the theoretical entities of physics; and the proper interpretation of empirical theories that postulate abstract structural constraints.
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- William Demopoulos.