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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic$
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Stewart Shapiro

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148770

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195148770.001.0001

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Nominalism Reconsidered

Nominalism Reconsidered

(p.515) Nominalism Reconsidered
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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John P. Burgess (Contributor Webpage)

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Nominalism is the view that mathematical objects do not exist. This chapter delimits several types of nominalistic projects: revolutionary programs that attempt to change mathematics and hermeneutic programs that attempt to interpret mathematics. Some programs accord with naturalism, and some oppose naturalism. Steven Yablo’s fictionalism is brought into the fold and discussed at some length.

Keywords:   nominalism, revolutionary nominalism, hermeneutic nominalism, mathematics, Yablo, fictionalism

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