Husserl’s Transcendentalization of Mathematical Naturalism
Hartimo, M. (2020). Husserl’s Transcendentalization of Mathematical Naturalism. Journal of Transcendental Philosophy, 1(3), 289-306. https://doi.org/10.1515/jtph-2019-0007
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The paper aims to capture a form of naturalism that can be found “built-in” in phenomenology, namely the idea to take science or mathematics on its own, without postulating extraneous normative “molds” on it. The paper offers a detailed comparison of Penelope Maddy’s naturalism about mathematics and Husserl’s approach to mathematics in Formal and Transcendental Logic (1929). It argues that Maddy’s naturalized methodology is similar to the approach in the first part of the book. However, in the second part Husserl enters into a transcendental clarification of the evidences and presuppositions of the mathematicians’ work, thus “transcendentalizing” his otherwise naturalist approach to mathematics. The result is a moderately revisionist view that takes the existing mathematical practices seriously, calls for reflection on them, and eventually gives suggestions for revisions if needed.
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research costs of Academy Professor, AoF; Research post as Academy Professor, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was funded by Academy of Finland, MEPA project.
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