Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Field, Hartry
 
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Mathematics I 80
Existence/Field: should not be part of the logic - therefore, mathematics cannot be reduced to logic - otherwise too many properties would have to be assumed.
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I 80f
Mathematics/Knowledge/Field: nevertheless, mathematical knowledge is simply logical knowledge because of deflationism - know a lot/little about math: two kinds of knowledge: mathematical knowledge: non-logical knowledge: e.g. what other mathematicians accept -
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I 112
- this knowledge is empirical.
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III 9
Pure mathematics/application/Field: e.g. number theory: is not applicable at all to the world - e.g. set theory: must allow the use of elementary elements. - Solution: "impure math": functions that map physical objects to numbers - then the comprehension axioms must also contain non-mathematical vocabulary - E.g. instances of the separation axiom.
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III 13
Mathematics/Field: can prove to be inconsistent - even if it is extremely improbable - then it would also be non-conservative - so mathematics is not a priori true.

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Fie III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-28