The Provenance of Pure Reason: Essays in the Philosophy of Mathematics and Its History

Hardcover | January 26, 2005

byWilliam 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 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 and constructive mathematics, later moving on to more philosophical subjects including finitism and skepticism about mathematics. This collection, presented as a whole, reveals the underlying unity of Tait's work. The volume includes anintroduction in which Tait reflects more generally on the evolution of his point of view, as well as an appendix and added endnotes in which he gives some interesting background to the original essays. This is an important collection of the work of one of the most eminent philosophers of mathematicsin this generation.

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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...

William Tait is at University of Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 1.3 inPublished:January 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195141924

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"Due to the range of topics discussed in the book, and the clarity of the exposition, anyone interested in the philosophy of mathematics will find at least a few of the chapters of this book (and certainly the introduction) well worth reading." --The Mathematical Association of America