Single Idea 17808

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 6. Logicism / d. Logicism critique]

Full Idea

To say that mathematics is logic is merely to replace one undefined term by another.

Gist of Idea

Saying mathematics is logic is merely replacing one undefined term by another


Haskell B. Curry (Remarks on the definition and nature of mathematics [1954], 'Mathematics')

Book Reference

'Philosophy of Mathematics: readings (2nd)', ed/tr. Benacerraf/Putnam [CUP 1983], p.206