Series

Urbanomic x Sequence Press

ISBN 978-0-9567750-1-6

Publication

Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics

Original Edition
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  • Paperback
  • 175×115mm
  • 380pp.
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    Fernando Zalamea, 'Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics', published by Urbanomic and Sequence Press
    Fernando Zalamea, 'Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics', published by Urbanomic and Sequence Press (detail)
    Fernando Zalamea, 'Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics', published by Urbanomic and Sequence Press (detail)
    Fernando Zalamea, 'Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics', published by Urbanomic and Sequence Press (detail)

    Translated by

    • Zachary Luke Fraser

    This book, elegantly and clearly translated by Z.L. Fraser provides, for the Anglophone world, insight into Zalamea’s renewal of philosophy through mathematical (and synthetical) means.
    —Tzuchien Tho, Mute

    Zalamea’s book is thematically vast. It is truly astounding
    to behold the rich range of mathematical themes that are
    touched upon, arguably including all of the most important
    objects of contemporary exploration.
    — Giuseppe Longo, Speculations

    A weighty and daring book … this new synthetic and open-minded approach is no doubt worthy of attention, and philosophers who dare to make an effort will surely reap the reward.
    —Paloma Pérez-Ilzarbe, MathSciNet

    Zalamea opens up a breathtaking insight into advanced contemporary mathematics by enlightening its magical power with the powerful paradigm of gestural dynamics as developed by Valéry, Merleau-Ponty and Châtelet.
    —Guerino Mazzola, University of Minnesota

    A panoramic survey of the vast spectrum of modern and contemporary mathematics and the new philosophical possibilities they suggest, this book gives the inquisitive non-specialist an insight into the conceptual transformations and intellectual orientations of modern and contemporary mathematics.

    The predominant analytic approach, with its focus on the formal, the elementary and the foundational, has effectively divorced philosophy from the real practice of mathematics and the profound conceptual shifts in the discipline over the last century. The first part discusses the specificity of modern (1830–1950) and contemporary (1950 to the present) mathematics, and reviews the failure of mainstream philosophy of mathematics to address this specificity. Building on the work of the few exceptional thinkers to have engaged with the ‘real mathematics’ of their era (including Lautman, Deleuze, Badiou, de Lorenzo and Châtelet), Zalamea challenges philosophy’s self-imposed ignorance of the ‘making of mathematics’.

    In the second part, thirteen detailed case studies examine the greatest creators in the field, mapping the central advances accomplished in mathematics over the last half-century, exploring in vivid detail the characteristic creative gestures of modern master Grothendieck and contemporary creators including Lawvere, Shelah, Connes, and Freyd.

    Drawing on these concrete examples, and oriented by a unique philosophical constellation (Peirce, Lautman, Merleau-Ponty), in the third part Zalamea sets out the program for a sophisticated new epistemology, one that will avail itself of the powerful conceptual instruments forged by the mathematical mind, but which have until now remained largely neglected by philosophers.