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Erich Reck – Cassirer’s Reception of Dedekind: Structuralism and the History of Mathematics

The Montreal Inter-University Workshop on the History and Philosophy
of Mathematics
presents:

Erich Reck (UC Riverside):
Cassirer’s Reception of Dedekind: Structuralism and the History of Mathematics

Friday, March 30, 2012, 16:00 to 18:00
Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room H 769

Abstract:
While structuralist views have received a good deal of attention in
recent philosophy of mathematics, most treatments of them have been
a-historical. Consequently, Richard Dedekind’s original version of
structuralism is still often ignored or misunderstood. There has also
not been enough exploration of the historical background of Dedekind’s
position, and thus of structuralism more generally. As a consequence
of that, the significance of structuralism has been understood in a
relatively narrow sense. In this talk, I will attempt to rectify this
situation by considering a figure from the early twentieth century,
Ernst Cassirer, who developed a detailed and rich account of both
Dedekind’s contributions and their role in the history of mathematics.
Besides bringing Cassirer back into contemporary debates as a
historian of mathematics, I will argue that there are philosophical
insights in Cassirer’s reception of Dedekind that remain relevant
today.

For more information, please contact:Gregory Lavers (Concordia),
Mathieu Marion (UQÀM), Jean-Pierre Marquis (UdM), Dirk Schlimm
(McGill).

Website: http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~dirk/workshop

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