Some Remarks on the Physicalist Account of Mathematics

Publication Year:
2011
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8847
Author(s):
Csatári, Ferenc
preprint description
The paper comments on a rather uncommon approach to mathematics called physicalist formalism, according to which formal systems are genuine physical systems. A brief review of the main theses is given, then arguments are worked out, concerning mostly with the practice of mathematics and the uniqueness of formal systems, aiming to show the implausibility of this radical view.