[FOM] Fictionalism About Mathematics
T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk
Tue Mar 13 06:29:14 EDT 2012
It also manifests the unproductive preoccupation with
ontology that one finds in much of the philophical literature.
On Tue, 13 Mar 2012, Avril Styrman wrote:
> 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
> A. Styrman
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