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Single Idea 17822

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 4. Using Numbers / c. Counting procedure]

Full Idea

Nothing at all is 'intrinsically' numbered.

Gist of Idea

Nothing is 'intrinsically' numbered


Palle Yourgrau (Sets, Aggregates and Numbers [1985], 'What the')

Book Reference

'Philosophy of Mathematics: anthology', ed/tr. Jacquette,Dale [Blackwell 2002], p.359

A Reaction

Once you are faced with distinct 'objects' of some sort, they can play the role of 'unit' in counting, so his challenge is that nothing is 'intrinsically' an object, which is the nihilism explored by Unger, Van Inwagen and Merricks. Aristotle disagrees...