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Single Idea 17730

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 5. The Infinite / a. The Infinite]

Full Idea

We might arrive to the concept of infinity by composing concepts of negation and finiteness.

Gist of Idea

Combining the concepts of negation and finiteness gives the concept of infinity


Carrie Jenkins (Grounding Concepts [2008], 5.3)

Book Reference

Jenkins,Carrie: 'Grounding Concepts' [OUP 2008], p.166

A Reaction

Presumably lots of concepts can be arrived at by negating prior concepts (such as not-wet, not-tall, not-loud, not-straight). So not-infinite is perfectly plausible, and is a far better account than some a priori intuition of pure infinity. Love it.