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Single Idea 17719

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 4. Mathematical Empiricism / a. Mathematical empiricism]

Full Idea

The indispensability of arithmetical concepts is evidence that they do in fact accurately represent features of the independent world.

Gist of Idea

Arithmetic concepts are indispensable because they accurately map the world


Carrie Jenkins (Grounding Concepts [2008], Intro)

Book Reference

Jenkins,Carrie: 'Grounding Concepts' [OUP 2008], p.9

A Reaction

This seems to me to be by far the best account of the matter. So why is the world so arithmetical? Dunno, mate; ask someone else.