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Husserl or Frege? Meaning, Objectivity and Mathematics   Claire Ortiz Hill and Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock

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ISBN 0-8126-9538-0
$29.95      paper
336 pages
(March 2003)
ISBN 0-8126-9417-1
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Husserl or Frege? 
Meaning, Objectivity and Mathematics

Claire Ortiz Hill and Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock

Edmund Husserl's views on logic, mathematics, and semantics have been either largely ignored or inaccurately rendered by other philosophers. In Husserl or Frege?, Hill and Haddock break new ground in examining Husserl's ideas in relation to those of Georg Cantor, creator of set theory, analytic philosopher Gottlob Frege, and mathematician David Hilbert. This collection of essays offers a fresh and provocative alternative to contemporary mainstream philosophy of mathematics, and covers key areas of disagreement between Husserl, the father of phenomenology, and Frege, the founder of analytic philosophy.

"The roots of analytic philosophy are still too little understood. They lie, above all, in debates about logic, language, and ontology amongst philosophers and mathematicians in the late nineteenth century. Hill and Haddock are renowned experts on the thinking of Cantor, Husserl, and Frege, and Husserl or Frege? is a uniquely valuable survey of an important turning-point in the history of contemporary philosophy."
—Barry Smith
Author of Austrian Philosophy

"Burt Dreben once said that the worst known period in the history of philosophy is always a hundred years ago. In the case of Husserl and Frege, this bon mot seems to be belied by the enormous scholarly industry devoted to one or the other of these two thinkers. It soon turns out, however, that much of such work is done in ignorance of their problem background. The best antidotes I know to such ignorance are studies like those assembled in Husserl or Frege?"
—Jaakko Hintikka
Boston University


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