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Friday, September 26, 2014

The sum of its parts

David Guaspari reviews An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure, by James Franklin, in The New Criterion.
"The mathematician and philosopher James Franklin is a leader of the 'Sydney School,' which has developed an account of mathematics that he sets out in An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics. 'Aristotelian' means not that it strictly follows or develops Aristotle, but that it is recognizably in the same ballpark. He presents it as a middle way between two poles—broadly classifiable as Platonist and nominalist—that have dominated the subject and dictated the terms in which it is discussed."

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