The interrelationship between the mathematization of science and the idea of universal formal language of science

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Abstract

The paper analyses the development of theoretical thought producing the idea of the language of mathematics as a universal formal scientific language and consolidating it in the Early Modern epistemological analysis of language. The mathematical reflection of the world as well as the critical approach to the natural language with regard to its suitability for the purposes of cognition highlighted the cognitive significance of signs and the way of their application. That directed the philosophers‘ efforts towards the search for the proper language of science. The paper reveals how, reflecting mathematics not only as an instrument of knowledge acquisition and its organization model, but also as language, the mastering of which determines the possibilities of the study of nature, formalistic investigations of language raising the problem of the epistemological possibilities of the language of science, becomes dominating in the Modern philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-452
JournalEuropean scientific journal
Volume10
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Epistemological analysis
  • Formalistic investigations on language
  • Language of mathematics
  • Universal language

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