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Synthese

, Volume 88, Issue 2, pp 165–178 | Cite as

The pernicious influence of mathematics upon philosophy

  • Gian-Carlo Rota
Article

Abstract

We shall argue that the attempt carried out by certain philosophers in this century to parrot the language, the method, and the results of mathematics has harmed philosophy. Such an attempt results from a misunderstanding of both mathematics and philosophy, and has harmed both subjects.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gian-Carlo Rota
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  1. 1.2-351, Mathematics DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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