Associate Professor of Philosophy Russell Marcus recently published An Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics: A Reader. Marcus co-edited the book with Mark McEvoy of Hofstra University.

The introductory reader aimed at undergraduate and early graduate students was published by Bloomsbury Academic. It provides an overview of the main themes in the history of the philosophy of mathematics as well as some contemporary views.

A recent review in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy said, “the book is suitably prepared for class,” noting that its “well-thought-out questions or topics that can be discussed in class” and other features make “the book ideal as a text to be used for teaching.”

A review appearing in Philosophia Mathematica said the book has considerable pedagogical value. The reviewer went on to say that “even students with no mathematical background can easily sink their teeth into” the topics in the section on Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant.

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