Mathematics as a Science of Non-abstract Reality: Aristotelian Realist Philosophies of Mathematics

@article{Franklin2021MathematicsAA,
  title={Mathematics as a Science of Non-abstract Reality: Aristotelian Realist Philosophies of Mathematics},
  author={James Franklin},
  journal={Foundations of Science},
  year={2021}
}
  • J. Franklin
  • Published 20 March 2021
  • Philosophy
  • Foundations of Science
There is a wide range of realist but non-Platonist philosophies of mathematics—naturalist or Aristotelian realisms. Held by Aristotle and Mill, they played little part in twentieth century philosophy of mathematics but have been revived recently. They assimilate mathematics to the rest of science. They hold that mathematics is the science of X, where X is some observable feature of the (physical or other non-abstract) world. Choices for X include quantity, structure, pattern, complexity… 

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