John Burgess is the author of a rich and creative body of work which seeks to defend classical logic and mathematics through counter-criticism of their nominalist, intuitionist, relevantist, and other critics. This selection of his essays, which spans twenty-five years, addresses key topics including nominalism, neo-logicism, intuitionism, modal logic, analyticity, and translation. An introduction sets the essays in context and offers a retrospective appraisal of their aims. The volume will be of interest to a wide range of readers across philosophy of mathematics, logic, and philosophy of language.Read more
- An intriguing collection of John Burgess's philosophical writings
- Will interest a wide range of readers across philosophy of mathematics, logic, and philosophy of language
- Enables readers to make connections between the varied topics addressed
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- Date Published: February 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521880343
- length: 316 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 155 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.642kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Mathematics:
1. Numbers and ideas
2. Why I am not a nominalist
3. Mathematics and Bleak House
4. Quine, analyticity, and philosophy of mathematics
5. Being explained away
6. E pluribus unum
7. Logicism: a new look
Part II. Models, Modality, and More:
8. Tarski's tort
9. Which modal logic is the right one?
10. Can truth out?
11. Quinus ab omni noevo vindicatus
12. Translating names
13. Relevance: a fallacy?
14. Dummett's case for intuitionism.
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