The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byPhilip Kitcher

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This book argues against the view that mathematical knowledge is a priori, contending that mathematics is an empirical science and develops historically, just as natural sciences do. Kitcher presents a complete, systematic, and richly detailed account of the nature of mathematical knowledgeand its historical development, focusing on such neglected issues as how and why mathematical language changes, why certain questions assume overriding importance, and how standards of proof are modified.

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In this book Philip Kitcher argues against this 'mathematical apriorism.' He offers a fresh, alternative approach that links mathematics to natural science and portrays mathematics as a body of knowledge that evolves through its history.

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This book argues against the view that mathematical knowledge is a priori, contending that mathematics is an empirical science and develops historically, just as natural sciences do. Kitcher presents a complete, systematic, and richly detailed account of the nature of mathematical knowledgeand its historical development, focusing on s...

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In this book Philip Kitcher argues against this 'mathematical apriorism.' He offers a fresh, alternative approach that links mathematics to natural science and portrays mathematics as a body of knowledge that evolves through its history.

Philip Kitcher is at University of California, San Diego.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 5.43 × 8.07 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195035410

ISBN - 13:9780195035414

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In this book Philip Kitcher argues against this 'mathematical apriorism.' He offers a fresh, alternative approach that links mathematics to natural science and portrays mathematics as a body of knowledge that evolves through its history.

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"A book of unusual importance, which should stimulate creative dialogue among historians of mathematics, philosophers of mathematics, and the community of mathematicians." --Historia Mathematica