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Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences

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Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences by Jody Azzouni, 9780521062190
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  • ISBN: 9780521062190 | 0521062195
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/15/2008
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Most philosophers of mathematics try to show either that the sort of knowledge mathematicians have is similar to the sort of knowledge specialists in the empirical sciences have or that the kind of knowledge mathematicians have, although apparently about objects such as numbers, sets, and so on, isn't really about those sorts of things as well. Jody Azzouni argues that mathematical knowledge really is a special kind of knowledge with its own special means of gathering evidence. He analyses the linguistic pitfalls and misperceptions philosophers in this field are often prone to, and explores the misapplications of epistemic principles from the empirical sciences to the exact sciences. What emerges is a picture of mathematics both sensitive to mathematical practice, and to the ontological and epistemological issues that concern philosophers.

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