Philosophy of Mathematics

Philosophy of Mathematics

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The philosophy of mathematics plays a vital role in the mature philosophy of Charles S. Peirce. Peirce received rigorous mathematical training from his father and his philosophy carries on in decidedly mathematical and symbolic veins. For Peirce, math was a philosophical tool and many of his most productive ideas rest firmly on the foundation of mathematical principles. This volume collects Peirce's most important writings on the subject, many appearing in print for the first time. Peirce's determination to understand matter, the cosmos, and qthe grand designq of the universe remain relevant for contemporary students of science, technology, and symbolic logic.The discussion of diagrams contains, along with material by now familiar, a strong affirmation of their visual character. ... In the geometrical case the system of relations is directly seena€”it is inherenta€”in the relation of the parts of the diagram. ... hard and fast, but in other selections (especially 8 and 10) Peirce comes around to a more nuanced view, and accords a wider range of operation to convention.

Title:Philosophy of Mathematics
Author:Charles S. Peirce
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2010-08-19


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