Reference to numbers in natural language

@article{Moltmann2013ReferenceTN,
  title={Reference to numbers in natural language},
  author={Friederike Moltmann},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={162},
  pages={499-536}
}
A common view is that natural language treats numbers as abstract objects, with expressions like the number of planets, eight, as well as the number eight acting as referential terms referring to numbers. In this paper I will argue that this view about reference to numbers in natural language is fundamentally mistaken. A more thorough look at natural language reveals a very different view of the ontological status of natural numbers. On this view, numbers are not primarily treated abstract… CONTINUE READING

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