Truth, Objects, Infinity: New Perspectives on the Philosophy of Paul Benacerraf

2017.07.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fabrice Pataut (ed.), Truth, Objects, Infinity: New Perspectives on the Philosophy of Paul Benacerraf, Springer, 2016, 309pp.,
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2017.07.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fabrice Pataut (ed.), Truth, Objects, Infinity: New Perspectives on the Philosophy of Paul Benacerraf, Springer, 2016, 309pp., $149.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783319459783. Reviewed by A.C. Paseau, University of Oxford Paul Benacerraf's influence on recent philosophy of mathematics is unrivalled. His articles 'What Numbers Could Not Be' (WNCNB) and 'Mathematical Truth' remain cornerstones of the subject, while the two editions of 'Benacerraf and Putnam' virtually defined the discipline in the late 20th century. Benacerraf's published output -- fourteen articles, including a pair in this collection, plus the odd review, interview and introduction -- is spare and judicious, qualities reflected in his writing. The latter is also playful, memorably so. Would WNCNB have so fired the collective imagination had its protagonists not been called Jonny and Ernie? Does the title of its last section, 'Way Out', herald a solution,. . .

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