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ISBN-13: 978-0195139303
ISBN-10: 0195139305
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"Clearly and charmingly written, and provides a strong defence of structuralism....There is no doubt that the book represents an important and original contribution to the field, and deserves to be widely read and discussed."--Mathematical Reviews

"This book is an important contribution...presenting an original, structuralist philosophy and axiomatic framework in comprehensive detail, placing it in broad philosophical and historical perspective, and comparing it systematically with other approaches seen as leading structuralist alternatives to the one set forth by Shapiro himself....this is an interesting, important, and thought-provoking book, sure to stimulate further work in developing structuralist philosophy in mathematics."--Journal of Symbolic Logic

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Stewart Shapiro is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State University at Newark and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195139305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195139303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Joel Zela Casaverde on July 31, 2006
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"Philosophy of Mathematics: Structure and Ontology", es una de las obras fundamentales de uno de los más importantes filósofos de las matemáticas del siglo XXI. Shapiro con una prosa soberbia, por ratos árida, nos presenta y fundamenta, desde el estructuralismo al que pertenece, una visión de las matemáticas. Su libro comienza repasando aspectos generales sobre la filosofía de las matemáticas para que, posteriormente, en el capítulo segundo, nos muestre su propuesta entrando a analizar en detalle su aspecto ontológico y epistemológico. Shapiro finaliza su tratado proponiendo extender el estructuralismo a otras ramas de las matemáticas, la ciencia y el lenguaje natural. Como acertadamente afirma: " Es un trabajo de interés tanto para filósofos como matemáticos"
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