Objectivity, Realism, and Proof

FilMat Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics

  • Francesca Boccuni
  • Andrea Sereni

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 318)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. The Ways of Mathematical Objectivity: Semantics and Knowledge

  3. Realism in a World of Sets: from Classes to the Hyperuniverse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Brice Halimi
      Pages 123-142
    3. Gianluigi Oliveri
      Pages 143-164
    4. Sy-David Friedman, Claudio Ternullo
      Pages 165-188
    5. Giorgio Venturi
      Pages 211-241
  4. The Logic Behind Mathematics: Proof, Truth, and Formal Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Mario Piazza, Gabriele Pulcini
      Pages 245-263
    3. Massimiliano Carrara, Matteo Plebani, Enrico Martino
      Pages 311-318

About this book


This volume covers a wide range of topics in the most recent debates in the philosophy of mathematics, and is dedicated to how semantic, epistemological, ontological and logical issues interact in the attempt to give a satisfactory picture of mathematical knowledge.

The essays collected here explore the semantic and epistemic problems raised by different kinds of mathematical objects, by their characterization in terms of axiomatic theories, and by the objectivity of both pure and applied mathematics. They investigate controversial aspects of contemporary theories such as neo-logicist abstractionism, structuralism, or multiversism about sets, by discussing different conceptions of mathematical realism and rival relativistic views on the mathematical universe. They consider fundamental philosophical notions such as set, cardinal number, truth, ground, finiteness and infinity, examining how their informal conceptions can best be captured in formal theories.

The philosophy of mathematics is an extremely lively field of inquiry, with extensive reaches in disciplines such as logic and philosophy of logic, semantics, ontology, epistemology, cognitive sciences, as well as history and philosophy of mathematics and science. By bringing together well-known scholars and younger researchers, the essays in this collection – prompted by the meetings of the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics (FilMat) – show how much valuable research is currently being pursued in this area, and how many roads ahead are still open for promising solutions to long-standing philosophical concerns.

Promoted by the Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics – FilMat


Formal Analysis Formal Theories Foundations of Mathematics Informal Notions Ontology in Mathematics Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

Editors and affiliations

  • Francesca Boccuni
    • 1
  • Andrea Sereni
    • 2
  1. 1.San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Advanced StudiesPaviaItaly

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