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Quine, New Foundations, and the Philosophy of Set Theory

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2019.08.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sean Morris, Quine, New Foundations, and the Philosophy of Set Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 209pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107152502. Reviewed by Gary Kemp, University of Glasgow Sean Morris' book is on a topic long overdue for discussion. In many ways, Quine's sophisticated attitude towards set theory and mathematics generally is central to his philosophy. The most relevant texts are by now venerable, if not yet antique: 'New Foundations for Mathematical Logic' appeared in 1937, and Set Theory and Its Logic in 1963 (set theory proper dates from Cantor in 1870s). Yet -- though arguably this attitude has received its share of mathematical attention -- it has not received the sustained and patient philosophical attention that Morris gives it. It is true that some philosophers have expressed the opinion -- perhaps the prevailing opinion amongst philosophers who have considered the question in the first place -- that the system presented... Read More

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