Re: Platonism vs Realism WAS: ROADMAP (well, not yet really...

From: 1Z <>
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 15:02:00 -0000

Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Peter Jones writes:

> > > What's the difference?
> >
> >
> > Things that exist are available for causal interaction. Numbers aren't.
> What could it possibly mean for numbers to "exist" in the sense you claim
> they do not? Could I be mugged by a burly number 6 in a dark alley? I don't
> think that even number-worshipping Pythagoras would have entertained
> such a notion.

It is for Pythagorenas and Platonists to explain what they mean by

However, if you are going to claim that we are actually *in* Platonia,
(mathematical monism) there must be some equivalence between the
existence we
have and the existence numbers have.

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