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science without numbers the defence of nominalism - according to the doctrine of nominalism abstract entities such as numbers functions and sets do not exist the problem this normally poses for a description of the physical world is as follows any such description must include a physical theory physical theories are assumed to require mathematics and mathematics is replete with references to abstract entities, philosophy of mathematics wikipedia - the philosophy of mathematics is the branch of philosophy that studies the assumptions foundations and implications of mathematics and purports to provide a viewpoint of the nature and methodology of mathematics and to understand the place of mathematics in people s lives the logical and structural nature of mathematics itself makes this study both broad and unique among its philosophical, infinite internet encyclopedia of philosophy - the infinite working with the infinite is tricky business zeno s paradoxes first alerted philosophers to this in 450 b c e when he argued that a fast runner such as achilles has an infinite number of places to reach during the pursuit of a slower runner, max weber stanford encyclopedia of philosophy - arguably the foremost social theorist of the twentieth century max weber is known as a principal architect of modern social science along with karl marx and emil durkheim, 296 giants of science hall of fame numericana - the accomplishments of selected top scientists summarizes the history of science an amazing histogram of their lifetimes reveals the cultural waves which nurtured or hindered progress, hellenistic monarchs sketches in the history of western - hellenistic monarchs down to the roman empire the hellenistic age suffers from some of the same disabilities as late antiquity i e it doesn t measure up to the brilliance of the golden age of greece and of late republican and early imperial rome, willard van orman quine home page by douglas boynton quine - home page for willard van orman quine mathematician and philosopher including list of books articles essays students and travels includes links to other willard van orman quine internet resources as well as to other family web sites by douglas boynton quine, philosophical dictionary ramsey reification - ramsey frank plumpton british mathematician and philosopher who contributed to the second edition of russell and whitehead s principia mathematica ramsey s truth and probability 1926 and foundations of mathematics 1931 clarified the nature of semantic paradox developed modern applications of the probability calculus and introduced the redundancy theory of truth, about and with w v quine - books essays quotes interviews on w v quine mathematician and philosopher including list of books articles dissertations essays students and travels includes links to other willard van orman quine internet resources as well as to other family web sites by douglas boynton quine, immanuel kant the proceedings of the friesian school - immanuel kant 1724 1804 kant s most original contribution to philosophy is his copernican revolution that as he puts it it is the representation that makes the object possible rather than the object that makes the representation possible 14 a92 b124 note this introduced the human mind as an active originator of experience rather than just a passive recipient of perception