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By Reuben Hersh

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This startling new number of essays edited by way of Reuben Hersh includes frank evidence and critiques from top mathematicians, philosophers, sociologists, cognitive scientists, or even an anthropologist. every one essay presents a not easy and thought-provoking examine contemporary advances within the philosophy of arithmetic, demonstrating the chances of pondering clean, sticking just about genuine perform, and fearlessly letting pass of ordinary shibboleths.

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Filosofia e matematica, Laterza, Bari. [Reviewed by Donald Gillies in Philosophia Mathematica, vol. 11 (2003), pp. 246-253].

The first takes a slow, firm and inflexible view, but the latter has flexibility of thought which it applies simultaneously to the diverse lovable parts of that which it loves”64. 10. According to the dominant view, in addition to mathematical discovery, mathematical justification too is based on intuition. For, if one assumes that the method of mathematics is the axiomatic method, then justifying mathematics amounts to justifying the certainty of its axioms, and their certainty is directly or indirectly based on intuition.

But what of it? Do you want to say that the world of mathematics is a reflected image of the real world in the mirror of our thinking? SOCRATES You said it, and very well. HIPPOCRATES But how is that possible? SOCRATES Let us recall how the abstract concepts of mathematics developed. We said that the mathematician deals with pure numbers, and not with the numbers of real objects. But do you think that somebody who has never counted real objects can understand the abstract notion of number? When a child learns counting, he first counts pebbles and small sticks.

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