11 ideas
8921 | Structuralism is now common, studying relations, with no regard for what the objects might be [Hellman] |
8698 | Modal structuralism says mathematics studies possible structures, which may or may not be actualised [Hellman, by Friend] |
9557 | Statements of pure mathematics are elliptical for a sort of modal conditional [Hellman, by Chihara] |
10263 | Modal structuralism can only judge possibility by 'possible' models [Shapiro on Hellman] |
8922 | Maybe mathematical objects only have structural roles, and no intrinsic nature [Hellman] |
21650 | No language is semantically referential; it all occurs at the level of thought or utterance [Pietroski, by Hofweber] |
21277 | Even an imperfect machine can exhibit obvious design [Paley] |
21275 | Unlike a stone, the parts of a watch are obviously assembled in order to show the time [Paley] |
21276 | From the obvious purpose and structure of a watch we must infer that it was designed [Paley] |
21357 | No organ shows purpose more obviously than the eyelid [Paley] |
21278 | All the signs of design found in a watch are also found in nature [Paley] |