Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Foucault's ArchaeologyScience and Transformation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Webb

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624218

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624218.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 02 August 2021

Jean Cavaillès: Grounding Thought in its Own History

Jean Cavaillès: Grounding Thought in its Own History

Chapter:
3 Jean Cavaillès: Grounding Thought in its Own History
Source:
Foucault's Archaeology
Author(s):

David Webb

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624218.003.0004

The philosopher of mathematics, Jean Cavaillès, developed a conception of mathematics that rejected Hilbert's programme of an axiomatic foundation, intuitionism, logicism, and the idea of placing mathematics on an empirical basis. Instead, he regarded mathematics as an autonomous formal discipline whose unity derives from its own historical movement. This historical movement is not governed by any fixed set of rules or teleological principle, but simply evolves through a series of problems, with no way of predicting the form its next stage will take. The idea of a formal discipline that evolves according to patterns established by its own history will be enormously important for understanding Foucault's conception of discourse.

Keywords:   Foucault, Cavaillès, Mathematics, History, Construction

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.