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Single Idea 10179

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / B. Foundations for Mathematics / 7. Mathematical Structuralism / b. Varieties of structuralism]

Full Idea

The term 'structure' has two uses in the literature, what can be called 'particular structures' (which are particular relational systems), but also what can be called 'universal structures' - what particular systems share, or what they instantiate.

Gist of Idea

There are 'particular' structures, and 'universal' structures (what the former have in common)

Source

E Reck / M Price (Structures and Structuralism in Phil of Maths [2000], 6)


A Reaction

This is a very helpful distinction, because it clarifies why (rather to my surprise) some structuralists turn out to be platonists in a new guise. Personal my interest in structuralism has been anti-platonist from the start.