Brouwer Meets Husserl

On the Phenomenology of Choice Sequences

  • Mark van Atten

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 335)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mark van Atten
    Pages 1-4
  3. Mark van Atten
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  4. Mark van Atten
    Pages 9-10
  5. Mark van Atten
    Pages 11-52
  6. Mark van Atten
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 113-206

About this book


Can the straight line be analysed mathematically such that it does not fall apart into a set of discrete points, as is usually done but through which its fundamental continuity is lost? And are there objects of pure mathematics that can change through time?

The mathematician and philosopher L.E.J. Brouwer argued that the two questions are closely related and that the answer to both is "yes''. To this end he introduced a new kind of object into mathematics, the choice sequence. But other mathematicians and philosophers have been voicing objections to choice sequences from the start.

This book aims to provide a sound philosophical basis for Brouwer's choice sequences by subjecting them to a phenomenological critique in the style of the later Husserl.

"It is almost as if one could hear the two rebels arguing their case in a European café or on a terrace, and coming to a common understanding, with both men taking their hat off to the other, in admiration and gratitude. Dr. van Atten has convincingly applied Husserl's method to Brouwer's program, and has equally convincingly applied Brouwer's intuition to Husserl's program. Both programs have come out the better." Piet Hut, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, U.S.A.


Arithmetic Brouwer Edmund Husserl Husserl Intuitionism Mathematics concept knowledge phenomenology philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark van Atten
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRSParisFrance

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