[FOM] Fictionalism About Mathematics
Avril.Styrman at helsinki.fi
Mon Mar 12 19:38:58 EDT 2012
Lainaus T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk:
> But if mathematical entities are to be fictions, what real things
> are they fictions of? And if they aren't, why call them fictions?
It would be simpler to say that we have abstract
ideas/thoughts/theories; some of these have correspondence with the
concrete/physical reality/nature, and some do not.
Fictionalism is an unnecessarily complicated semantical formulation:
it does not help understanding stuff, but it can create confusion, as
this thread shows.
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