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Single Idea 13425

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 7. Formalism]

Full Idea

The hopelessly inadequate formalist theory is, to some extent, the result of considering only the propositions of mathematics and neglecting the analysis of its concepts.

Gist of Idea

Formalism is hopeless, because it focuses on propositions and ignores concepts


Frank P. Ramsey (The Foundations of Mathematics [1925], 1)

Book Reference

Ramsey,Frank: 'Philosophical Papers', ed/tr. Mellor,D.H. [CUP 1990], p.165

A Reaction

You'll have to read Ramsey to see how this thought pans out, but it at least gives a pointer to how to go about addressing the question.