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The Principles of Mathematics Revisited

The Principles of Mathematics Revisited

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  • Date Published: August 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521624985

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  • This book, written by one of philosophy's pre-eminent logicians, argues that many of the basic assumptions common to logic, philosophy of mathematics and metaphysics are in need of change. It is therefore a book of critical importance to logical theory. Jaakko Hintikka proposes a new basic first-order logic and uses it to explore the foundations of mathematics. This new logic enables logicians to express on the first-order level such concepts as equicardinality, infinity, and truth in the same language. The famous impossibility results by Gödel and Tarski that have dominated the field for the last sixty years turn out to be much less significant than has been thought. All of ordinary mathematics can in principle be done on this first-order level, thus dispensing with the existence of sets and other higher-order entities.

    • Hintikka is an internationally renowned logician - well-known in Europe especially
    • Important development in logical theory - the success of Boolos' The Logic of Provability indicates that books in this field by big names can do well
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    'Hintikka's new logic is highly original and will prove appealing to logicians, philosophers of mathematics, and mathematicians concerned with the foundations of the discipline.' Studia Logica

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    • Date Published: August 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521624985
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The functions of logic and the problem of truth definition
    2. The game of logic
    3. Frege's fallacy foiled: Independence-friendly logic
    4. The joys of independence: Some uses of IF logic
    5. The complexities of completeness
    6. Who's afraid of Alfred Tarski? Truth-definitions for IF first-order languages
    7. The liar belied: negation in IF logic
    8. Axiomatic set theory: Frankenstein's monster?
    9. IF logic as a framework for mathematical theorizing
    10. Constructivism reconstructed
    11. The epistemology of mathematical objects.

  • Author

    Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University

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