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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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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 11:42
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2011 11:42
Item ID: 8847

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