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Bernard Bolzano: His Life and Work

Paul Rusnock and Jan Sebestík


Bernard Bolzano (1781–1850) is increasingly recognized as one of the greatest nineteenth-century philosophers. A philosopher and mathematician of rare talent, he made groundbreaking contributions to logic, the foundations and philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. Many of the larger features of later analytic philosophy, but also many of the details, first appear in his work: for example, the separation of logic from psychology, his sophisticated understanding of mathematical proof, his definition, so similar to Tarski’s, of logical consequence, his work on the ... More

Keywords: Bolzano, ethics, politics, religion, Catholicism, logic, epistemology, metaphysics, mathematics, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Rusnock, author
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa

Jan Sebestík, author
Emeritus Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique