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Type: Journal article
Title: Mathematics and conceptual analysis
Author: Eagle, A.
Citation: Synthese, 2008; March 2008(161):67-88
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publ
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0039-7857
1573-0964
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Antony Eagle
Abstract: Gödel argued that intuition has an important role to play in mathematical epistemology, and despite the infamy of his own position, this opinion still has much to recommend it. Intuitions and folk platitudes play a central role in philosophical enquiry too, and have recently been elevated to a central position in one project for understanding philosophical methodology: the so-called ‘Canberra Plan’. This philosophical role for intuitions suggests an analogous epistemology for some fundamental parts of mathematics, which casts a number of themes in recent philosophy of mathematics (concerning a priority and fictionalism, for example) in revealing new light.
Keywords: Intuitions; Platitudes; Conceptual analysis; Foundations of mathematics; Fictionalism
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007
RMID: 0020128468
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-006-9151-8
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