Realism in Mathematics by Penelope Maddy
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Mathematicians tend to think of themselves as scientists investigating the features of real mathematical things, and the wildly successful application of mathematics in the physical sciences reinforces this picture of mathematics as an objective study. For philosophers, however, this realism about mathematics raises serious questions: What are mathematical things? Where are they? How do we know about them? Offering a scrupulously fair treatment of both mathematical and philosophical concerns, Penelope Maddy here delineates and defends a novel version of mathematical realism. She answers the traditional questions and poses a challenging new one, refocusing philosophical attention on the pressing foundational issues of contemporary mathematics.

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Penelope Maddy is a Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently the President of the Association for Symbolic Logic.
Published October 15, 1992 by Oxford University Press. 216 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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