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from the title of the question you may guess I'm new to the site, and I am. Even though I've read the FAQ and I know that this isn't the place for such open questions (I believe it is open, but my knowledge isn't very wide), what I need are some references, does anyone have any papers on the a priori grounds of math? my question goes towards the origin, not its legitimacy (but papers on the later would also be apreciated, are there?).

A better way to formulate the question or approach the subject would be welcome as well.

PS: please excuse my english, I hope it is understandable at the very least.

Thank you.

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closed as not a real question by Qiaochu Yuan, François G. Dorais Dec 30 '11 at 4:58

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Perhaps you could explain your question more clearly? Are you asking what are the most fundamental or universal axioms of mathematics? Of course there is a rich literature on this topic. But in its current form, unfortunately, your question is likely to be closed for lack of focus. – Joel David Hamkins Dec 30 '11 at 5:00
Dear Mónica, foundations of mathematics and mathematical philosophy are two very broad areas that deal with such matters (and a few more). I closed your question because it is not specific enough. – François G. Dorais Dec 30 '11 at 5:02
hold on please, before closing it, could you give me some references? some papers I can read about the issue? What I want is to know a bit of the discusion that is currently held on the issue. – Mónica R. Dec 30 '11 at 5:30
Mónica, you will (probably) have better luck at – Ed Dean Dec 30 '11 at 5:45
I agree that this question doesn't belong on MO. However, I think that the intended question is this. Kant argued that mathematical truths are "synthetic a priori." Mónica seems to be asking for an introduction to the literature on Kant's philosophy of mathematics. – Timothy Chow Dec 30 '11 at 22:03