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Abstract
Cassirer’s philosophical agenda revolved around what appears to be a paradoxical goal, that is, to reconcile the Kantian explanation of the possibility of knowledge with the conceptual changes of nineteenth and early twentiethcentury science. This paper offers a new discussion of one way in which this paradox manifests itself in Cassirer’s philosophy of mathematics. Cassirer articulated a unitary perspective on mathematics as an investigation of structures independently of the nature of individual objects making up those structures. However, this posed the problem of how to account for the applicability of abstract mathematical concepts to empirical reality. My suggestion is that Cassirer was able to address this problem by giving a transcendental account of mathematical reasoning, according to which the very formation of mathematical concepts provides an explanation of the extensibility of mathematical knowledge. In order to spell out what this argument entails, the first part of the paper considers how Cassirer positioned himself within the Marburg neoKantian debate over intellectual and sensible conditions of knowledge in 1902–1910. The second part compares what Cassirer says about mathematics in 1910 with some relevant examples of how structural procedures developed in nineteenthcentury mathematics.
Originalsprache  Englisch 

Seiten (von  bis)  3040 
Seitenumfang  11 
Fachzeitschrift  Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 
Jahrgang  79 
DOIs  
Publikationsstatus  Veröffentlicht  Feb. 2020 
ÖFOS 2012
 603113 Philosophie
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