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The provenance of pure reason : essays in the philosophy of mathematics and its history

Author: William W Tait
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2005.
Series: Logic and computation in philosophy.
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"William Tait is one of the most distinguished philosophers of mathematics of the last fifty years. This volume collects his most important published philosophical papers from the 1980's to the present. The articles cover a wide range of issues in the foundations and philosophy of mathematics, including some on historical figures ranging from Plato to Godel." "Tait's main contributions were initially in proof theory  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William W Tait
ISBN: 019514192X 9780195141924
OCLC Number: 53231351
Description: viii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Finitism --
Remarks on finitism --
Truth and proof: the Platonism of mathematics --
Beyond axioms: the question of objectivity in mathematics --
The law of excluded middle and the axiom of choice --
Constructing cardinals from below --
Plato's second-best method --
Noēsis: Plato on exact science --
Wittgenstein and the 'skeptical paradoxes' --
Frege versus Cantor and Dedekind: on the concept of number --
Cantor's Grundlagen and the paradoxes of set theory --
Gödel's unpublished papers on foundations of mathematics.
Series Title: Logic and computation in philosophy.
Responsibility: William Tait.
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William Tait is one of the most distinguished philosophers of mathematics of the last fifty years. This volume collects his most important published philosophical papers from the 1980's to the  Read more...

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well written. * Teun Koetsier, Zentralblatt *

 
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