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Plato's Problem

An Introduction to Mathematical Platonism

Authors: Panza, M., Sereni, A.

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What is mathematics about? And how can we have access to the reality it is supposed to describe? The book tells the story of this problem, first raised by Plato, through the views of Aristotle, Proclus, Kant, Frege, Gödel, Benacerraf, up to the most recent debate on mathematical platonism.

About the authors

MARCO PANZA is Research Professor at the CNRS. He is the author and editor of several books and papers in the domains of history and philosophy of mathematics. Including Analysis and sinthesis in Mathematics (ed., with M. Otte), 1997; Isaac Newton, 2003; Newton et l'origine de l'analyse, 1664-1666, 2005; Nombres. Eléments de mathématiques pour philosophes, 2007.
ANDREA SERENI is Lecturer at San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy. He has been a visiting scholar at Arché Centre at the University of St. Andrews. He has taught courses at the Universities of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma, and Bologna. His teaching, research and publications cover philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, and philosophy of language.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Panza, Marco (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • The Origins

    Panza, Marco (et al.)

    Pages 16-44

  • From Frege to Gödel (Through Hilbert)

    Panza, Marco (et al.)

    Pages 45-98

  • Benacerraf’s Arguments

    Panza, Marco (et al.)

    Pages 99-111

  • Non-conservative Responses to Benacerraf’s Dilemma

    Panza, Marco (et al.)

    Pages 112-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plato's Problem
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to Mathematical Platonism
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29813-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137298133
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36548-3
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-36549-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 306
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