Re: The Meaning of Life

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 01:45:57 +1100

On 3/15/07, David Nyman <> wrote:

On Mar 14, 10:18 pm, "Stathis Papaioannou" <> wrote:
> > Perhaps using the term "existence" for mathematical objects is
> misleading.
> > It doesn't mean they exist as separate objects in the real world, just
> that
> > they exist as concepts. This is mathematical Platonism.
> Yes, I understand. I guess I'm saying that nevertheless I can
> conceive of a radical negation in which even Platonic objects have no
> existence, conceptual or otherwise. Consequently AFAICS arguments for
> Platonic 'necessity' are in fact derived wholly from contingent states
> of affairs.

It's something Bruno, in particular, has discussed at length. Is it possible
that 17 is only contingently prime?

Stathis Papaiaonnou

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