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

Full Idea

Formalism is a bulwark of logical positivist philosophy.

Gist of Idea

Formalism is a bulwark of logical positivism

Source

Alan Musgrave (Logicism Revisited [1977], 5)

Book Reference

-: 'British Soc for the Philosophy of Science' [-], p.120


A Reaction

Presumably if you drain all the empirical content out of arithmetic and geometry, you are only left with the bare formal syntax, of symbols and rules. That seems to be as analytic as you can get.