The Foundations Of Mathematics And Other Logical Essays Online


2013 Reprint of 1931 edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Frank Plumpton Ramsey (1903-1930) was a British mathematician who also made significant and precocious contributions in philosophy and economics before his death at the age of 26. He was a close friend of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and was instrumental in translating Wittgenstein's "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" into English, and in persuading Wittgenstein to return to philosophy and to Cambridge. This volume collects Ramsey's most important papers. Contents: The foundations of mathematics.--Mathematical logic.--On a problem of formal logic.--Universals.--Note on the preceding paper.--Facts and propositions.--Truth and probability.--Further considerations.--Last papers.
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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 599.99g
  • 11 Feb 2013
  • Martino Fine Books
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1614274010
  • 9781614274018
  • 745,834

Moritz Pasch (1843-1930) is justly celebrated as a key figure in the history of axiomatic geometry. Less well known are his contributions to other areas of foundational research. This volume features English translations of 14 papers Pasch published in the decade 1917-1926. In them, Pasch argues that geometry and, more surprisingly, number theory are branches of empirical science; he provides axioms for the combinatorial reasoning essential to Hilbert’s program of consistency proofs; he explores "implicit definition" (a generalization of definition by abstraction) and indicates how this technique yields an "empiricist" reconstruction of set theory; he argues that we cannot fully understand the logical structure of mathematics without clearly distinguishing between decidable and undecidable properties; he offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a master of axiomatics, surveying in detail the thought experiments he employed as he struggled to identify fundamental mathematical principles; and much more. This volume will:

    • Give English speakers access to an important body of work from a turbulent and pivotal period in the history of mathematics.
    • Help us look beyond the familiar triad of formalism, intuitionism, and logicism.
    • Show how deeply we can see with the help of a guide determined to present fundamental mathematical ideas in ways that match our human capacities.

The book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in logic and the foundations of mathematics.

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