[FOM] Fictionalism About Mathematics

Richard Heck rgheck at brown.edu
Sun Mar 11 17:54:09 EDT 2012

On 03/10/2012 06:36 PM, Harry Deutsch wrote:
> I didn't mean to imply that fictionalism is dominant.  But it is a respectable doctrine--or so it is supposed by many philosophers of mathematics, including those who are not engaged in the debate.  A survey of prominent views in current philosophy of mathematics would have to include fictionalism.  What Richard says about the debate on fictionalism--that some defend it, some oppose it, some ignore it, and so on,-- could be said about any controversial doctrine in philosophy.
Well, you did say that fictionalism "is currently a very popular 
philosophy of mathematics among philosophers". I was wondering whether 
that is true.


Richard G Heck Jr
Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Theology
Brown University

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