Source Texts

Details of the main expected source texts for discussion are as follows.  Click on the title link to access the file then save to download to your own file system.  Let me know if you have any problems.

(1)  The Transition from Formula-centered to Concept-centered Analysis Bolzano’s Purely Analytic Proof as a Case Study

Iris Loeb, Stefan Roski

Philosophia Scientiae      2014/1   (18-1)  pp. 113 – 129

(1a)  Simplicity and Economy in Bolzano’s Theory of Grounding

Stefan Roski and Antje Rumberg

Journal of the History of Philosophy (2016) vol. 54, no. 3   pp. 469 – 496

(1b) Simplicity, Generality and Economy: Philosophical background of the RAB

Stefan Roski

[2-page Handout with key themes from the text 1(a), updated 22.12.17 ]


(2)  Bolzano’s Early Quest for A Priori Synthetic Principles :                        Mereological Aspects of the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction in Kant and the Early Bolzano

Johan Blok     (PhD thesis, November 2016)

(2a) Themes from Chapter 6

Johan Blok [presentation slides, posted here 26.12.17]


(3)  The Germanic Development of the Pre-Modern Notion of Number:               From c. 1750 to Bolzano’s Rein analytischer Beweis

Elías Fuentes Guillén   (PhD thesis, July 2017. Full version linked from this web page.)

(3a) Longer summary of the thesis

Elías Fuentes Guillén  (updated 28.11.17, posted here 22.12.17)


(4)   Bolzano’s measurable numbers : are they real?

Steve Russ and Kateřina Trlifajová

in Maria Zack, Elaine Landry eds. Research in History and Philosophy of Mathematics, The CSHPM 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., Birkhäuser  (2016)   pp. 39 – 56


(5)  Bolzano’s Infinite Quantities

Kateřina Trlifajová

Paper forthcoming in Foundations of Science

(5a)  Longer Abstract for (5)

Kateřina Trlifajová  (posted here 27.12.17)