Maddy's Solution to the Problem of Reference

Charles S. Chihara

in Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

Published in print June 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239758
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597190 | DOI:

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 Maddy's Solution to the Problem of Reference

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Penelope Maddy has attempted to develop a form of realism in mathematics (Set Theoretical Realism) that is not plagued by the sort of epistemological problems that beset traditional Platonism. Maddy advances the radical doctrine that we can and do causally interact with sets. We can see them, feel them, smell them, and even taste them. This chapter raises a series of objections to Maddy's version of realism.

Keywords: Penelope Maddy; Set Theoretical Realism; Platonism

Chapter.  9867 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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