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Kronecker, Leopold (1823–91)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-Y073-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Leopold Kronecker was one of the most influential German mathematicians of the late nineteenth century. He exercised a strong sociopolitical influence on the development of mathematics as an academic institution. From a philosophical point of view, his main significance lies in his anticipation of a new and rigorous epistemological perspective with regard to the foundations of mathematics: Kronecker became the father of intuitionism or constructivism, which stands in strict opposition to the methods of classical mathematics and their canonization by set theory.

Citing this article:
Majer, Ulrich. Kronecker, Leopold (1823–91), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-Y073-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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