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Philosophy of mathematics asks questions about mathematical theories and practices. It can include questions about the nature or reality of numbers, the ground and limits of formal systems and the nature of the different mathematical disciplines.

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Do we use the natural numbers to count stones, spoons or iPods? Here are only a view of the applications of mathematical model called harmonic oscillator. The mathematical structure behind these equa …
answered Apr 1 '13 by Nikolaj-K
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I don't necessarily agree with the premise that the insights that categories bring us are surprising and new. The framework is just formal and efficient. In the 40's and later, mathematicans in fiel …
answered Jun 30 '13 by Nikolaj-K
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Does a kid, which learns the meaning of the term "distance" (or any other expressions which might be thought of as physical quantities) automatically also develope a concept of numbers? If I know th …
asked May 8 '12 by Nikolaj-K
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My question motivated by a part of this page from Saul Kripke's book Naming and Necessity, which is also viewable on google books. In the middle of the page he say something, which seems unnatural to …
asked May 18 '12 by Nikolaj-K
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Are modern proponents of formalism associated with an ontoglogical opinion regarding numbers? If they view mathematics as the process of manipulating string according to agreed upon rules, there …
asked Aug 24 '12 by Nikolaj-K
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I feel it's pretty obvious that doing math gives you experience with deduction systems. The question as posted could be translated into "has need to do more practical work an influence on doing philos …
answered Jul 30 '12 by Nikolaj-K
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A statement being uprovable is very different from it being an inconsistency of the theory. If a statement is shown to lead to an inconsistency, then you can use it to prove statements and their con …
answered May 8 '12 by Nikolaj-K