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Stephen Yablo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266487.001.0001

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The Myth of the Seven

The Myth of the Seven

(p.221) 9 The Myth of the Seven

Stephen Yablo (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Mathematics has been called the one area of inquiry that would retain its point even were the physical world to entirely disappear. This might be heard as an argument for Platonism except that mathematics does not lose its point either if the mathematical realm disappears, or if it turns out to have been empty all along. This chapter looks for a conception of mathematical inquiry that makes sense of its relative unconcern with existence questions.

Keywords:   Platonism, numbers, sets, mathematical objects, ontological commitment, necessity, absoluteness, a priority, Russell's paradox, mathematics

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