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Geoffrey Hellman

Geoffrey Hellman is an American professor and philosopher. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2]

Geoffrey Hellman
Alma mater Harvard University
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of mathematics
Notable ideas
Mathematical structuralism (modal variety)[1]



He obtained his B.A. and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in philosophy from Harvard University.



  • Hellman, Geoffrey (1989). Mathematics without numbers. Towards a modal-structural interpretation. The Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, New York, 1989.[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • Hellman, Geoffrey (1993) Constructive Mathematics and Quantum Mechanics: Unbounded Operators and the Spectral Theorem, Journal of Philosophical Logic 12, 221-248.
  • Feferman, Solomon; Hellman, Geoffrey (1995) Predicative foundations of arithmetic. J. Philos. Logic 24, no. 1, 1--17.
  • Hellman, Geoffrey (1997) Bayes and beyond. Philos. Sci. 64, no. 2, 191–221.
  • Hellman, Geoffrey (1998) Mathematical constructivism in spacetime. British J. Philos. Sci. 49, no. 3, 425–450.
  • Feferman, Solomon; Hellman, Geoffrey (2000) Challenges to predicative foundations of arithmetic. Between logic and intuition, 317–338, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Stewart Shapiro, "Mathematical Structuralism", Philosophia Mathematica, 4(2), May 1996, pp. 81–2.
  2. ^ University of Minnesota department page
  3. ^ Biography page, University of Minnesota
  4. ^ Hellman, Geoffrey (1989). Mathematics without Numbers: Towards a Modal-Structural Interpretation. Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-19-824034-1. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 

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