Save 40% on select Business & Management books + FREE shipping or 50% on Physics eBooks!

SpringerBriefs in Philosophy

Mathematics and the Mind

An Introduction into Ibn Sīnā’s Theory of Knowledge

Authors: Tahiri, Hassan

Free Preview
  • Studies an overlooked area in the contemporary analytic philosophy of mathematics
  • Reflects the recovery of an old “new” epistemology
  • Is a pointer and a reminder of the gaps in the history of the development of science
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25238-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25236-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book examines how epistemology was reinvented by Ibn Sīnā, an influential philosopher-scientist of the classical Islamic world who was known to the West by the Latinised name Avicenna. It explains his theory of knowledge in which intentionality acts as an interaction between the mind and the world. This, in turn, led Ibn Sīnā to distinguish an operation of intentionality specific to the generation of numbers.

The author argues that Ibn Sīnā’s transformation of philosophy is one of the major stages in the de-hellinisation movement of the Greek heritage that was set off by the advent of the Arabic-Islamic civilisation. Readers first learn about Ibn Sīnā’s unprecedented investigation into the concept of the number and his criticism of such Greek thought as Plato’s realism, Pythagoreans’ empiricism, and Ari

stotle’s conception of existence.

Next, coverage sets out the basics of Ibn Sīnā’s theory of knowledge needed for the construction of numbers. It describes how intentionality turns out to be key in showing the ontological dependence of numbers as well as even more critical to their construction.

In describing the various mental operations that make mathematical objects intentional entities, Ibn Sīnā developed powerful arguments and subtle analyses to show us the extent our mental life depends on intentionality. This monograph thoroughly explores the epistemic dimension of this concept, which, the author believes, can also explain the actual genesis and evolution of mathematics by the human mind.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25238-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25236-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics and the Mind
Book Subtitle
An Introduction into Ibn Sīnā’s Theory of Knowledge
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-25238-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-25238-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-25236-0
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 76
Topics