FOM: Mathematical Certainty
csilver at sophia.smith.edu
Tue Dec 15 11:29:11 EST 1998
On Fri, 11 Dec 1998, Joe Shipman wrote:
> If my statement is correct Reuben Hersh will be somewhat vindicated.
I don't think so. Reuben Hersh wrote of mathematical "truth", not
"certainty". 'Certainty' is a funny word because it seems sometimes to
pertain to the mental state of one who is certain and sometimes to pertain
to the thing about which one is certain. I think you may be using it in
both senses. Using your notion, I believe it is always *possible* for a
statement to be "mathematically certain" yet false. But, according to H.,
agreement alone establishes its truth, because that's all that truth is.
I think this is a very big difference.
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