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Bertrand Russell Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

Bertrand Russell Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

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INTRODUCTIONTOMATHEMATICALPHILOSOPHY
BertrandRussell
DOVERPUBLICATIONS,NC.New York
 
Bibliographical NoteThisDoveredition,firstpublishedn 1993,san unabridgedand unalteredrepublicationof the secondedition(1920)fthe workfirstpublishedn1919 yGeorgeAllen&Unwin,Ltd., London, andTheMacmillanCo.,NewYork.Library ofCongress Catahging-in-Pub lication DataRussell,Bertrand,r87z-rg7o.Introductionto mathematicalphilosophy/ BertrandRussell.P.cm.Originallypublished:znd ed.London: G.Allen andUnwin;NewYork: Macmillan, r9r9.Includesinden.ISBN o-486-27724-0pbk.)r.Mathematics-Philosophy.I.Tifle.QA8.4.R87r993b5ro'.r-dczoManufactured in the UnitedStatesof AmericaDover Publications.nc..31East 2nd Street,Mineola,N.Y.11501
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PREFACE
Tsls book is intendedessentiallyasan('Introductionr"anddoesnotaim atgiving anexhaustivediscussionof theproblemswith whichit deals.It seemeddesirableto ser forth certainresults,hithertoonly availabletothosewho have masteredlogical symbolism,naformofferingthe minimumofdifficultyto thebeginner.The utmostendeavourhas beenmade toavoid dogmatismon suchquestionsasarestillopentoseriousdoubt, and this endeavourhasto some extentdominatedthechoiceof topicsconsidered.The beginningsofmathematicallogic arelessdefinitelyknown thanits laterportions, butareofatleast equalphilosophical nterest.Much ofwhat issetforthinthe followingchapterssnotproperlytobecalled"philosophy,"thoughthemattersconcerned wereincludedinphilosophysolong asno satisfactoryscienceofthem existed.The natureofinfinityand continuity,for example,belongedin formerdaysto philosophl,butbelongs nowto mathematics.Mathematicalphilosoplt!,inthe strictsense,annot,perhaps,beheldto includesuchdefinitescientificresultsashave beenobtainedinthisregion;the philosophyofmathematicswill naturallybeex-pectedto dealwithquestions on the frontierof knowledge,astowhichcomparativecertaintyisnot yetattained.Butspeculation on suchquestionsishardly likelyto befruitfulunless themore scientificpartsoftheprinciplesof mathematicsareknown. A bookdealingwithtfiosepartsfray,therefore,claim tobeanintroductionto mathematicalphilosophy,thoughitcanhardlyclaim,except whereit stepsoutside itsprovince,to beactually dealingwithapaftofphilosophy.It doesdeal,
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