FOM: social construction?

Charles Silver csilver at
Thu Mar 19 14:47:53 EST 1998

To Martin Davis:

	I find the following remarks interesting, but I don't fully
comprehend them.  Could you please say more about what you mean? 

Charlie Silver


Martin Davis said:

> For me the crucial
> aspect of "refering" or "existence" of the objects of mathematical discourse
> is the OBJECTIVITY of their properties. 
> It is a FACT of mathematical
> experience that we come to have knowledge of mathematical entities and that
> we have no ability to alter what we discover about them. Why and how this is
> so is the main business of f.o.m. But what we mean by existence is no more
> than that FACT.

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