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Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics

Danielle Macbeth

in The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219315
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199219315.003.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics

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Catalyzed by the failure of Frege's logicist program, logic and the foundations of mathematics first became a philosophical topic in Europe in the early years of the twentieth century. Frege had aimed to show that logic constitutes the foundation for mathematics in the sense of providing both the primitive concepts in terms of which mathematical concepts were to be defined and the primitive truths on the basis of which mathematical truths were to be proved. This article describes three trends in the philosophy of mathematics as it is currently practiced in the United States.

Keywords: mathematical concepts; logicist program; foundations of mathematics; primitive truths; mathematical truths; United States

Article.  14590 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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