Wittgenstein, Mathematics and World

  • Bob Clark

Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-30
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    Pages 31-76
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    Pages 77-120
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    Pages 121-143
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    Pages 145-179
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-215

About this book


This book uses Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophical methodology to solve a problem that has perplexed thinkers for thousands of years: 'how come (abstract) mathematics applies so wonderfully well to the (concrete, physical) world?' The book is distinctive in several ways. First, it gives the reader a route into understanding important features of Wittgenstein’s writings and lectures by using his methodology to tackle this long-standing and seemingly intractable philosophical problem. More than this, though, it offers an outline of important (sometimes little-known) aspects of the development of mathematical thought through the ages, and an engagement of Wittgenstein’s philosophy with this and with contemporary philosophy of mathematics on its own terms. A clear overview of all this in the context of Wittgenstein’s philosophy of mathematics is interesting in its own right; it is also just what is needed to solve the problem of mathematics and world.


Mathematics Wittgenstein Einstein Philosophy Applied mathematics übersichtliche Darstellung mathematical applicability indispensability Concept-determination

Authors and affiliations

  • Bob Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63990-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63991-8
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