A Nominalist ’ s Dilemma and its Solution ∗

@inproceedings{Bueno2007AN,
  title={A Nominalist ’ s Dilemma and its Solution ∗},
  author={Ot{\'a}vio A. S. Bueno and Edward N. Zalta},
  year={2007}
}
Current versions of nominalism in the philosophy of mathematics have the benefit of avoiding commitment to the existence of mathematical objects. But this comes with a cost: to avoid commitment to mathematical entities, nominalists cannot take mathematical theories literally, and so, they seem unable to accommodate mathematical practice. In a recent work, Jody Azzouni has challenged this conclusion, by formulating a nominalist view that doesn’t have this cost (Azzouni 2004). In this paper, we… CONTINUE READING

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