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Single Idea 3663

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 1. Mathematical Platonism / b. Against mathematical platonism]

Full Idea

Platonism has the attendant problem of how we can succeed in thinking about and referring to entities we can have no causal transactions with.

Gist of Idea

How can you contemplate Platonic entities without causal transactions with them?


Hilary Putnam (Phil of Mathematics: why nothing works [1979], Modalism)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Words and Life', ed/tr. Conant,James [Harvard 1996], p.508