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Single Idea 9914

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 4. Mathematical Empiricism / a. Mathematical empiricism]

Full Idea

Experience with nature is undoubtedly the source of our most basic 'mathematical intuitions', even if it is unfashionable to say so.

Gist of Idea

It is unfashionable, but most mathematical intuitions come from nature


Hilary Putnam (Models and Reality [1977], p.424)

Book Reference

'Philosophy of Mathematics: readings (2nd)', ed/tr. Benacerraf/Putnam [CUP 1983], p.424

A Reaction

Correct. I find it quite bewildering how Frege has managed to so discredit all empirical and psychological approaches to mathematics that it has become a heresy to say such things.