Wittgenstein, Mathematics and World Hardback
by Robert Clark
Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy series
This book uses Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophical methodology to solve a problem that has perplexed thinkers for thousands of years: 'how come (abstract) mathematics applies so wonderfully well to the (concrete, physical) world?' The book is distinctive in several ways.
First, it gives the reader a route into understanding important features of Wittgenstein's writings and lectures by using his methodology to tackle this long-standing and seemingly intractable philosophical problem.
More than this, though, it offers an outline of important (sometimes little-known) aspects of the development of mathematical thought through the ages, and an engagement of Wittgenstein's philosophy with this and with contemporary philosophy of mathematics on its own terms.
A clear overview of all this in the context of Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics is interesting in its own right; it is also just what is needed to solve the problem of mathematics and world.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 215 pages, 9 Illustrations, black and white; XIII, 215 p. 9 illus.
- Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
- Publication Date: 23/11/2017
- Category: History of Western philosophy
- ISBN: 9783319639901