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[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / B. Foundations for Mathematics / 7. Mathematical Structuralism / a. Structuralism]

Full Idea

Dedekind is the philosopher-mathematician with whom the structuralist conception originates.

Gist of Idea

Dedekind originated the structuralist conception of mathematics


report of Richard Dedekind (Nature and Meaning of Numbers [1888], 3 n13) by Fraser MacBride - Structuralism Reconsidered

Book Reference

'Oxf Handbk of Philosophy of Maths and Logic', ed/tr. Shapiro,Stewart [OUP 2007], p.581

A Reaction

Hellman says the idea grew naturally out of modern mathematics, and cites Hilbert's belief that furniture would do as mathematical objects.