Review of An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics [Book Review]

Philosophia Mathematica 23 (2):281-288 (2015)
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Abstract

In An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics Franklin develops a tantalizing alternative to Platonist and nominalist approaches by arguing that at least some mathematical universals exist in the physical realm and are knowable through ordinary methods of access to physical reality. By offering a third option that lies between these extreme all-or-nothing approaches and by rejecting the ‘dichotomy of objects into abstract and concrete’, Franklin provides potential solutions to many of these traditional problems and opens up a whole new terrain for debate in the philosophy of mathematics.

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