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Some Remarks on the Physicalist Account of Mathematics

Csatári, Ferenc (2011) Some Remarks on the Physicalist Account of Mathematics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The paper comments on a rather uncommon approach to mathematics called physicalist formalism, according to which formal systems are genuine physical systems. A brief review of the main theses is given, then arguments are worked out, concerning mostly with the practice of mathematics and the uniqueness of formal systems, aiming to show the implausibility of this radical view.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: philosophy of mathematics, formalism, physicalism, empiricism
    Subjects: General Issues > Conventionalism
    Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Ferenc Csatári
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 07:42
    Last Modified: 18 Oct 2011 07:42
    Item ID: 8847
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8847

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