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Leaving mathematics as it is: Wittgenstein’s later philosophy of mathematics

@inproceedings{Dawson2015LeavingMA,
  title={Leaving mathematics as it is: Wittgenstein’s later philosophy of mathematics},
  author={R. Dawson},
  year={2015}
}
Wittgenstein’s later philosophy of mathematics has been widely interpreted to involve Wittgenstein’s making dogmatic requirements of what can and cannot be mathematics, as well as involving Wittgenstein dismissing whole areas (e.g. set theory) as not legitimate mathematics. Given that Wittgenstein promised to ‘leave mathematics as it is’, Wittgenstein is left looking either hypocritical or confused. This thesis will argue that Wittgenstein can be read as true to his promise to ‘leave… Expand

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