© 1992

Kant’s Philosophy of Mathematics

Modern Essays

  • Carl J. Posy

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 219)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Mathematics in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

  3. Classic Papers of the 1960’s and 1970’s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Jaakko Hintikka
      Pages 21-42
    3. Charles Parsons
      Pages 43-79
    4. Philip Kitcher
      Pages 109-131
  4. Recent Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Charles Parsons
      Pages 135-158
    3. J. Michael Young
      Pages 159-175
    4. Michael Friedman
      Pages 177-219
    5. Stephen Barker
      Pages 221-243
    6. Arthur Melnick
      Pages 245-255
    7. Carl J. Posy
      Pages 293-313
    8. Gordon G. Brittan
      Pages 315-339
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 361-380

About this book


Kant's views about mathematics were controversial in his own time, and they have inspired or infuriated thinkers ever since. Though specific Kantian doctrines fell into disrepute earlier in this century, the past twenty-five years have seen a surge of interest in and respect for Kant's philosophy of mathematics among both Kant scholars and philosophers of mathematics.
The present volume includes the classic papers from the 1960s and 1970s which spared this renaissance of interest, together with updated postscripts by their authors. It also includes the most important recent work on Kant's philosophy of mathematics. The essays bring to bear a wealth of detailed Kantian scholarship, together with powerful new interpretative tools drawn from modern mathematics, logic and philosophy. The cumulative effect of this collection upon the reader will be a deeper understanding of the centrality of mathematics in all aspects of Kant's thought and a renewed respect for the power of Kant's thinking about mathematics. The essays contained in this volume will set the agenda for further work on Kant's philosophy of mathematics for some time to come.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carl J. Posy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Kant’s Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Book Subtitle Modern Essays
  • Editors C.J. Posy
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1495-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4105-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8046-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Modern Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
    History of Mathematical Sciences
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