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Absence Perception and the Philosophy of Zero

Barton, Neil (2018) Absence Perception and the Philosophy of Zero. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Zero provides a challenge for philosophers of mathematics with realist inclinations. On the one hand it is a bona fide number, yet on the other it is linked to ideas of nothingness and non-being. This paper provides an analysis of the epistemology and metaphysics of zero. We develop several constraints and then argue that a satisfactory account of zero can be obtained by integrating recent work in numerical cognition with a philosophical account of absence perception.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Barton, Neilbartonna@gmail.com0000-0002-3637-1730
Keywords: zero, absence perception, number cognition
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Ontology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
Depositing User: Dr. Neil Barton
Date Deposited: 06 May 2018 15:34
Last Modified: 06 May 2018 15:34
Item ID: 14639
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Ontology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
Date: 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14639

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