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Single Idea 17824

[catalogued under 4. Formal Logic / F. Set Theory ST / 7. Natural Sets]

Full Idea

The master science can be thought of as the theory of sets with the entire range of physical objects as ur-elements.

Gist of Idea

The master science is physical objects divided into sets


Penelope Maddy (Sets and Numbers [1981], II)

Book Reference

'Philosophy of Mathematics: anthology', ed/tr. Jacquette,Dale [Blackwell 2002], p.347

A Reaction

This sounds like Quine's view, since we have to add sets to our naturalistic ontology of objects. It seems to involve unrestricted mereology to create normal objects.