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From Logic to Practice

Italian Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics

  • Gabriele Lolli
  • Marco Panza
  • Giorgio Venturi

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 308)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Historical Dimension of Mathematics

  3. Looking at Mathematics Through Logic

  4. Philosophy and Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Michele Ginammi
      Pages 203-222
    3. Marco Panza, Andrea Sereni
      Pages 241-276
    4. Luca San Mauro, Giorgio Venturi
      Pages 277-313
    5. Silvia De Toffoli, Valeria Giardino
      Pages 315-336

About this book


This book brings together young researchers from a variety of fields within mathematics, philosophy and logic. It discusses questions that arise in their work, as well as themes and reactions that appear to be similar in different contexts. The book shows that a fairly intensive activity in the philosophy of mathematics is underway, due on the one hand to the disillusionment with respect to traditional answers, on the other to exciting new features of present day mathematics. The book explains how the problem of applicability once again plays a central role in the development of mathematics. It examines how new languages different from the logical ones (mostly figural), are recognized as valid and experimented with and how unifying concepts (structure, category, set) are in competition for those who look at this form of unification. It further shows that traditional philosophies, such as constructivism, while still lively, are no longer only philosophies, but guidelines for research. Finally, the book demonstrates that the search for and validation of new axioms is analyzed with a blend of mathematical historical, philosophical, psychological considerations.​


Axioms of Set Theory Church’s Thesis and Naturalness of Axioms Constructibility, Naturalism, Axiomatics Constructive Approach to the Infinitesimal Analysis Dynamics of Diagrams in Knot Theory Fundamental Theorem of Algebra Gottlob Frege’s Grundgesetze Husserl Raumbuch Intuitionism and Cognitive Sciences Languages and the Extension of Knowledge Mathematics is a Science of Structures Parametric Polymorphism Philosophy of Mathematics Structuralism, Categorical and Set Theoretical Foundations

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriele Lolli
    • 1
  • Marco Panza
    • 2
  • Giorgio Venturi
    • 3
  1. 1.Scuola Normale SuperiorePisaItaly
  2. 2.Panthéon-SorbonneIHPST, CNRS, University of Paris 1ParisFrance
  3. 3.FAPESP&Centre for Logic,Epistemology&the History of ScienceState University of CampinasSão PauloBrazil

About the editors

Gabriele Lolli is Professor of Philosophy of Mathematics at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, after a career in Mathematical Logic. His main present interests concern the origin of set theory, mathematical proof and the relations between mathematics and literature. Among his recent publications are QED. Fenomenologia della dimostrazione, Bollati Boringhieri, Turin, 2005; “Experimental methods in proofs", in R. Lupacchini, G. Corsi (eds.), Deduction, Computation, Experiment, Springer, 2008; Nascita di un'idea matematica, Edizioni della Normale, Pisa, 2013; “Mathematics according to Calvino", in M. Emmer (ed.), Imagine Math2, Springer, 2013.

Marco Panza is Research Director at the CNRS and member of the IHPST (CNRS and Univ. of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne). He is the author of several books and papers and the editor of several collective volumes in the domains of history and philosophy of mathematics. For the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Sciences, he edited, with M. Otte, Analysis and sinthesis in Mathematics. History and Philosophy (1997). His books include: Newton et les origines de l'analyse, 1664-1666, Blanchard, Paris, 2005, and Plato's Problem. Introduction to Mathematical Platoinism, Palgrave Mac Millan, Bsingstoke (UK), 2013 (co-authored with Andrea Sereni).

Giorgio Venturi is currently a post-doc at CLE (Campinas) and former PhD student both in philosophy at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, under the supervision of Gabriele Lolli, and in mathematics at the Université Paris Diderot, under the supervision of Boban Velickovic. His main research field is set theory, both from a purely mathematical perspective - he co-authored Velickovic Proper forcing remastered appeared in Appalachian set theory (Cambridge University Press) - and from a philosophical point of view, as in Foundation of mathematics between theory and practice appeared in Philosophia scientae 18(1), 2014.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title From Logic to Practice
  • Book Subtitle Italian Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Editors Gabriele Lolli
    Marco Panza
    Giorgio Venturi
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Boston Stud. Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-10433-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34845-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-10434-8
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-7942
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 336
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Mathematical Logic and Foundations
    Philosophy of Science
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