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Mathematical Facts in a Physicalist Ontology

Szabo, Laszlo E. (2012) Mathematical Facts in a Physicalist Ontology. Parallel Processing Letters , 22. 1240009-(12 pages).

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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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Szabo, Laszlo E.
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: Prof. Laszlo E. Szabo
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 08:38
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 08:38
Item ID: 9894
Journal or Publication Title: Parallel Processing Letters
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
Official URL: http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S01...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1142/S0129626412400099
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
Date: 10 July 2012
Page Range: 1240009-(12 pages)
Volume: 22
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9894

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