Charles Parsons (philosopher)

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Charles Dacre Parsons (born April 13, 1933) is a philosopher best known for his work in the philosophy of mathematics and the study of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. He is a son of the famous sociologist Talcott Parsons.

A specialist in the philosophy of mathematics and logic, Parsons earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1961, under the direction of Burton Dreben and Willard Van Orman Quine.[1][2] He taught for many years at Columbia University before moving to Harvard University in 1989.[2] He retired in 2005 as the Edgar Pierce professor of philosophy, a position formerly held by Quine.[2] In addition to his work in logic and the philosophy of mathematics, Parsons was an editor, with Solomon Feferman and others, of the posthumous works of Kurt Gödel.[3] He has also written on historical figures, especially Immanuel Kant,[4] Gottlob Frege,[5] Kurt Gödel,[6] and Willard van Orman Quine.[7] Among his doctoral students were James Higginbotham, R. Gregory Taylor, Peter Ludlow, Richard Tieszen, Gila Sher, Charles H. Manekin, Emily Carson, Michael Glanzberg, and Øystein Linnebo.

He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[8]

Books[edit]

  • 1983. Mathematics in Philosophy: Selected Essays. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press.
  • 2008. Mathematical Thought and its Objects. Cambridge Univ. Press.
  • 2012. From Kant to Husserl: Selected Essays. Cambridge, Mass., and London: Harvard Univ. Press.
  • 2014a. Philosophy of Mathematics in the Twentieth Century: Selected Essays. Cambridge, Mass., and London: Harvard Univ. Press.

A Selection of Articles[edit]

  • 1987. "Developing arithmetic in set theory without infinity: Some historical remarks". History and Philosophy of Logic, vol. 8, pp. 201–213.
  • 1990a. "The uniqueness of the natural numbers". Iyyun, vol. 39, pp. 13–44. ISSN 0021-3306 (2 p.).
  • 1990b. "The structuralist view of mathematical objects. Synthese, vol. 84 (3), pp. 303–346.
  • 2014b. "Analyticity for realists". In Interpreting Gödel: Critical Essays, ed. J. Kennedy. Cambridge University Press, pp. 131–150.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Dacre Parsons at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  2. ^ a b c Professor Emeritus Charles D. Parsons, Harvard University Department of Philosophy.
  3. ^ Kurt Gödel, Collected Works, ed. S. Feferman, et al. Oxford University Press. Vol. III, 1995. Vols. IV–V, 2003.
  4. ^ E.g. "The Transcendental Aesthetic", Parsons [2012], Essay 1; also [1983], Essays 4 and 5.
  5. ^ E.g. "Some remarks on Frege's conception of extension", with a postscript, Parsons [2012], Essay 5; also [1983], Essay 6.
  6. ^ E.g. "Platonism and mathematical intuition in Kurt Gödel's thought", The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, vol. 1 (1995), pp. 44–74; [2014a], Essay 5, with postscript; [2014b].
  7. ^ "Quine and Gödel on analyticity", Parsons [2014a], Essay 6; also Essays 8 and 9, and [1983], Essay 7.
  8. ^ "Gruppe 3: Idéfag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 16 January 2011.