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On Bolzano's Concept of a Sum

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Alongside his groundbreaking work in logic, Bernard Bolzano (1781–1848) made important contributions to ontology, notably with his theory of collections. Recent work has done much to elucidate Bolzano's conceptions, but his notion of a sum has proved stubbornly resistant to complete understanding. This paper offers a new interpretation of Bolzano's concept of a sum. I argue that, although Bolzano's presentation is defective, his conception is unexceptionable, and has important applications, notably in his work on the foundations of arithmetic.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy,University of Ottawa, Ottawa,Ontario, CanadaK1N 6N5,

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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