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Single Idea 19677

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 4. Using Numbers / g. Applying mathematics]

Full Idea

We must establish the thesis that what is mathematically conceivable is absolutely possible.

Gist of Idea

What is mathematically conceivable is absolutely possible


Quentin Meillassoux (After Finitude; the necessity of contingency [2006], 5)

Book Reference

Meillassoux: 'After Finitude: the necessity of contingency', ed/tr. Brassier,R [Bloomsbury 2008], p.126

A Reaction

The truth of this thesis would permanently establish mathematics as the only possible language of science. Personally I have no idea how you could prove or assess such a thesis. It is a lovely speculation, though. 'The structure of the possible' (p,127)