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  • Print publication year: 2013
  • Online publication date: March 2014

Making Sense of Husserl's Early Writings on Mathematics: Stefania Centrone, Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics in the Early Husserl

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Abstract: Few have managed to make sense of the largely fragmentary and obsolete nature of much of Edmund Husserl's writing prior to 1901, on the subject of mathematics. Stefania Centrone's book Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics in the Early Husserl is an exception. Centrone deciphers Husserl's early texts about mathematics and logic extremely accurately and carefully into lucid English, taking a thematic approach to Husserl's views. Here I briefly discuss the chapters of Centrone's book and then consider some of the more philosophical consequences of her work.

Keywords: Stefania Centrone; Edmund Husserl; phenomenology of mathematics

Edmund Husserl studied with Weierstrass and Kronecker in Berlin, wrote his doctoral dissertation on variation calculus, and was then a colleague of Cantor in Halle until he moved to Göttingen with Hilbert and Klein in 1901. Accordingly, much of Husserl's writing prior to 1901 is about mathematics, as Husserliana volumes XII, XXI and XXII especially testify. However, few have managed to make sense of these largely fragmentary and obsolete passages. Stefania Centrone's book Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics in the Early Husserl is an exception. Centrone deciphers Husserl's early texts about mathematics and logic extremely accurately and carefully into lucid English.

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