Irving Fisher’s unpublished 1890 essay ‘Mathematical contributions to Philosophy: Attacking Kant’s theory of Geom. axioms’

Toomas Truuvert

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Abstract

During his time as a graduate student of mathematics and economics at Yale University, Fisher commented on the foundations of Kant’s conception of the problem of space. In a short unpublished 1890 essay, Fisher argued that due to its practical application, geometry could not feasibly be a pure science and therefore more accurately should be designated a physical science instead. The current paper unveils a recently completed transcription of the unpublished manuscript for the 1890 essay in its entirety. Its publication provides a wider audience with insight into Fisher’s earliest known scholarly work, in mathematics and philosophy. In addition, it potentially provides a philosophical backdrop to Fisher’s subsequent work in economics, especially on the problem of the rate of interest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalHistory of economics review
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Economics
  • Irving Fisher
  • mathematics
  • philosophy
  • unpublished 1890 Essay

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