“Number-Properties: Existence in a Homogeneous Reality”


Apr. 26, 2024, 3pm to 5pm

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Room 210


Melisa Vivanco, Department of Philosophy, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Although number sentences are ostensibly simple, familiar, and applicable, the justification for our arithmetical beliefs has been considered mysterious by the philosophical tradition. In this paper, I argue that such a mystery is due to a preconception of two realities, one mathematical and one nonmathematical, which are alien to each other. My proposal shows that the theory of numbers as properties entails a homogeneous domain in which arithmetical and nonmathematical truth occur. As a result, the possibility of arithmetical knowledge is simply a consequence of the possibility of ordinary knowledge.



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UNLV Department of Philosophy
Nicole Moore

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