Abstraction and Intuition in Peano's Axiomatizations of Geometry

Rizza, Davide (2009) Abstraction and Intuition in Peano's Axiomatizations of Geometry. History and Philosophy of Logic, 30 (4). pp. 349-368. ISSN 1464-5149

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Abstract

Peano's axiomatizations of geometry are abstract and non-intuitive in character, whereas Peano stresses his appeal to concrete spatial intuition in the choice of the axioms. This poses the problem of understanding the interrelationship between abstraction and intuition in his geometrical works. In this article I argue that axiomatization is, for Peano, a methodology to restructure geometry and isolate its organizing principles. The restructuring produces a more abstract presentation of geometry, which does not contradict its intuitive content but only puts it into a particular form.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Philosophy
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:58
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:25
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10017
DOI: 10.1080/01445340903250489

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