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Mathematical Facts in a Physicalist Ontology

Szabo, Laszlo E. (2012) Mathematical Facts in a Physicalist Ontology. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    If physicalism is true, everything is physical. In other words, everything supervenes on, or is necessitated by, the physical. Accordingly, if there are logical/mathematical facts, they must be necessitated by the physical facts of the world. The aim of this paper is to clarify what logical/mathematical facts actually are and how these facts can be accommodated in a purely physical world.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: physicalism, mathematical truth, formalism, formal system, physical theory, empiricism
    Subjects: General Issues > Theory/Observation
    General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
    General Issues > Laws of Nature
    Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    General Issues > Structure of Theories
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Depositing User: Laszlo E. Szabo
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2012 00:24
    Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 04:38
    Item ID: 9197
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9197

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