FOM: What is f.o.m., briefly?

Peter Schuster Peter.Schuster at
Tue Oct 2 07:22:10 EDT 2001

>> From: Peter Schuster <pschust at>
>> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 12:09:01 +0200 (MET DST)
>> When one is asked to give an explanation as brief as 
>> possible, could one perhaps reduce foundations of 
>> mathematics to the question whether synthetic knowledge 
>> a priori is possible---and, if so, which, how, etc.? 

>Date: Thu, 27 Sep 01 17:01:25 +0200
>From: kanovei at (Kanovei)
>It is perhaps both possible and impossible because 
>at this level of discussion nobody really knows is 
>"possible" a priori possible, which, and how, and vice versa. 

Let me view, and dismiss, the first line as the tautological 
reply that is possible (!) to each of such questions. 

Would you be so kind as to explain more precisely what you mean 
with the latter two lines (the part following "because")? 

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