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Grounding Concepts: An Empirical Basis for Arithmetical Knowledge

C. S. Jenkins


This book is a philosophical discussion of arithmetical knowledge. No extant account, it seems, is able to respect simultaneously these three strong pre-theoretic intuitions: (a) that arithmetic is an a priori discipline; (b) that arithmetical realism is correct, i.e.. that arithmetical claims are true independently of us; and (c) that empiricism is correct, i.e., that all knowledge of the independent world is obtained through the senses. This book investigates the possibility of a new kind of epistemology for arithmetic, one which will is specifically designed to respect all of (a)-(c). The b ... More

Keywords: arithmetic, realism, empiricism, a priori, concept grounding, epistemology, senses, concepts, independence

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231577
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. S. Jenkins, author
University of Nottingham
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