Categories for the Working Philosopher

Categories for the Working Philosopher

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Publisher's Synopsis

Often people have wondered why there is no introductory text on category theory aimed at philosophers working in related areas. The answer is simple: what makes categories interesting and significant is their specific use for specific purposes. These uses and purposes, however, vary over many areas, both "pure", e.g., mathematical, foundational and logical, and "applied", e.g., applied to physics, biology and the nature and structure of mathematical models. Borrowing from the title of Saunders Mac Lane's seminal work "Categories for the Working Mathematician", this book aims to bring the concepts of category theory to philosophers working in areas ranging from mathematics to proof theory to computer science to ontology, from to physics to biology to cognition, from mathematical modeling to the structure of scientific theories to the structure of the world. Moreover, it aims to do this in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Each chapter is written by either a category-theorist or a philosopher working in one of the represented areas, and in a way that builds on the concepts that are already familiar to philosophers working in these areas.

Book information

ISBN: 9780198748991
Publisher: OUP OXFORD
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 100
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 486
Weight: 894g
Height: 169mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 37mm