Jean-Paul Cauvin

Affiliation: 

Emory University, Atlanta

Cavaillès as a Reader of Husserl: Two Versions of the History of Mathematics

The paper addresses Jean Cavaillès’ (1901-1944) reading of Edmund Husserl’s (1859-1938) Formal and Transcendental Logic (1929) in the closing pages of Cavaillès’ posthumously published Logic and Theory of Science (1947.) The paper proposes a comparative reading of Cavaillès and Husserl on the epistemological significance of the history of mathematics. I argue that Cavaillès objects to Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology of logic from two inter-locking methodological imperatives.