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Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice
The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences

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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511834073

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  • Most philosophers of mathematics try to show either that the sort of knowledge mathematicians have is similar to the sort of knowledge specialists in the empirical sciences have or that the kind of knowledge mathematicians have, although apparently about objects such as numbers, sets, and so on, isn't really about those sorts of things as well. Jody Azzouni argues that mathematical knowledge really is a special kind of knowledge with its own special means of gathering evidence. He analyses the linguistic pitfalls and misperceptions philosophers in this field are often prone to, and explores the misapplications of epistemic principles from the empirical sciences to the exact sciences. What emerges is a picture of mathematics both sensitive to mathematical practice, and to the ontological and epistemological issues that concern philosophers.

    • New interpretation of the philosophy of mathematics
    • Will interest a broad cross-section of philosophy as well as mathematicians
    • Not particularly technical
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511834073
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Mathematical Practice and its Puzzles:
    1. Metaphysical inertness
    2. Metaphysical inertness and reference
    3. The virtues of (second-order) theft
    4. Intuitions about reference and axiom systems
    5. Comparing mathematical terms and empirical terms I
    6. Comparing mathematical terms and empirical terms II
    7. The epistemic role puzzle
    8. Benacerraf's puzzle
    9. Comparing puzzles
    10. Quine's approach I
    11. Quine's approach II
    Part II. The Stuff of Mathematics: Posits and Algorithms:
    12. Introduction
    13. An initial picture
    14. Application and truth
    15. Systems, application and truth
    16. Quine's objections to truth by convention
    17. Grades of ontological commitment
    18. Multiply interpreting systems
    19. Intuitions about reference revisited
    Part III. The Geography of the A Priori:
    20. Introduction
    21. Algorithms again
    22. Some observations on metamathematics
    23. Incorrigible co-empiricalness
    24. Why there are no incorrigible co-empirical truths
    25. Normative considerations, the success of applied mathematics, concluding thoughts

  • Author

    Jody Azzouni, Tufts University, Massachusetts

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