[FOM] Fictionalism About Mathematics
W.Taylor at math.canterbury.ac.nz
W.Taylor at math.canterbury.ac.nz
Tue Mar 13 01:50:09 EDT 2012
Quoting MartDowd at aol.com:
> More seriously, any freshman philosopher encounters the fact that there are
> fundamental differences between physical reality and mathematical reality.
Quite so. And one of these is noted by Hilbert (or maybe Hardy,
anyone help?) -
"The chief difference between scientists and mathematicians is that
mathematicians have a much more direct connection to reality."
> This does not entitle philosophers to characterize mathematical reality
> as fictional.
Quite so; but philosophers tend to have a powerful sense of entitlement.
- wfct
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