Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all?
 Responsibility
 Ian Hacking.
 Language
 English.
 Publication
 New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
 Physical description
 xv, 290 pages ; 23 cm
Access
Available online
Math & Statistics Library
Stacks
Call number  Status 

QA8.4 .H33 2014  Unknown 
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Creators/Contributors
 Author/Creator
 Hacking, Ian.
Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 262280) and index.
 Contents

 Foreword 1. A Cartesian introduction 2. What makes mathematics mathematics? 3. Why is there philosophy of mathematics? 4. Proofs 5. Applications 6. In Plato's name 7. CounterPlatonisms Disclosures.
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 Publisher's Summary
 This truly philosophical book takes us back to fundamentals  the sheer experience of proof, and the enigmatic relation of mathematics to nature. It asks unexpected questions, such as 'what makes mathematics mathematics?', 'where did proof come from and how did it evolve?', and 'how did the distinction between pure and applied mathematics come into being?' In a wideranging discussion that is both immersed in the past and unusually attuned to the competing philosophical ideas of contemporary mathematicians, it shows that proof and other forms of mathematical exploration continue to be living, evolving practices  responsive to new technologies, yet embedded in permanent (and astonishing) facts about human beings. It distinguishes several distinct types of application of mathematics, and shows how each leads to a different philosophical conundrum. Here is a remarkable body of new philosophical thinking about proofs, applications, and other mathematical activities.
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Subjects
 Subject
 Mathematics > Philosophy.
 Proof theory.
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2014
 ISBN
 1107050170
 9781107050174
 1107658152
 9781107658158