Michael Resnik

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Michael Resnik
Born (1938-03-20) March 20, 1938 (age 85)
Alma materYale University
Harvard University
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of mathematics, epistemology
Notable ideas
Mathematical structuralism (abstract variety)[1]

Michael David Resnik (/ˈrɛznɪk/; born March 20, 1938) is a leading contemporary American philosopher of mathematics.[2][3]


Resnik obtained his B.A. in mathematics and philosophy at Yale University in 1960, and his PhD in Philosophy at Harvard University in 1964. He wrote his thesis on Frege.[4][5] He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967, Professor in 1975, and University Distinguished Professor in 1988.[6] He is Professor Emeritus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently resides in rural Chatham County, North Carolina.



  • Elementary Logic. 1970.
  • Frege and the Philosophy of Mathematics. 1980.
  • Choices: An Introduction to Decision Theory. 1987.
  • Gefwert, Christoffer (1995). Mathematical Objects and Mathematical Knowledge. ISBN 978-1-85521-638-9.
  • Mathematics As a Science of Patterns. 1997.

Journal articles[edit]

  • "On Skolem's Paradox". Journal of Philosophy. 1966.
  • "On the Philosophical Significance of Consistency Proofs". Journal of Philosophical Logic. 1974.
  • "Frege and Analytic Philosophy: Facts and Speculations". Midwest Studies. 1981.
  • Resnik, Michael D. (1981). "Mathematics as a Science of Patterns: Ontology and Reference". Noûs. 15 (4): 529–550. doi:10.2307/2214851. JSTOR 2214851.
  • Resnik, Michael D. (1982). "Mathematics as a Science of Patterns: Epistemology". Noûs. 16 (1): 95–105. doi:10.2307/2215419. JSTOR 2215419.
  • Resnik, Michael D. (1985). "Logic: Normative or Descriptive?". Philosophy of Science. 52 (2): 221–238. doi:10.1086/289241. S2CID 122441386.
  • "Impartial Welfarism and the Concept of a Person". Erkenntnis. 1986.
  • "Second-order Logic Still Wild!". Journal of Philosophy. 1988.
  • "Between Mathematics and Physics". Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings. 1990.
  • "A Naturalized Epistemology for Mathematical Objects". Philosophica. 1990.
  • "Immanent Truth". Mind. 1991.
  • "Proof as a Source of Truth". Proof and Knowledge in Mathematics, ed. By Detlefsen. 1992.
  • "Scientific vs. Mathematical Realism: The Indispensability Argument". Philosophia Mathematica. 1995.
  • "Structural Relativity". Philosophia Mathematica. 1996.
  • "On Positing Mathematical Objects". Frege: Importance and Legacy, M. Schirn, Ed. 1996.


  1. ^ Stewart Shapiro, "Mathematical Structuralism", Philosophia Mathematica, 4(2), May 1996, pp. 81–2.
  2. ^ M. D. Resnik (1974) On the Philosophical Significance of Consistency Proofs, Journal of Philosophical Logic pp. 133–147 URL DOI
  3. ^ M. D. Resnik (1981) Mathematics as a Science of Patterns: Ontology and Reference, Noûs Vol. 15, No. 4, Special Issue on Philosophy of Mathematics, pp. 529–550. URL DOI
  4. ^ M. D. Resnik (1964) Dissertation: Frege's Methodology: A Critical Study, Harvard University, 274 pp.
  5. ^ M. D. Resnik (1981) Frege and Analytic Philosophy: Facts and Speculations Midwest Studies In Philosophy Vol. 6, pp. 83–104. DOI
  6. ^ "UNC Graduate Record 2002–2004".

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