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You Can’t Mean That: Yablo’s Figuralist Account of Mathematics

Hoffman, Sarah (2006) You Can’t Mean That: Yablo’s Figuralist Account of Mathematics. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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    Burgess and Rosen argue that Yablo’s figuralist account of mathematics fails because it says mathematical claims are really only metaphorical. They suggest Yablo’s view is implausible as an account of what mathematicians say and confused about literal language. I show their argument isn’t decisive, briefly exploring some questions in the philosophy of language it raises, and argue Yablo’s view may be amended to a kind of revolutionary fictionalism not refuted by Burgess and Rosen.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Sarah Hoffman
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2955
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2955

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