RE: Emulation and Stuff

From: Jesse Mazer <>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 05:51:29 -0400

> Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 01:55:35 -0700
> Subject: Re: Emulation and Stuff
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> >However, some physicists - Julian Barbour for one - use
> > the term in a way that clearly has reference, as I think does Bruno.
> Any Platonists thinks there is a real immaterial realm, that is the
> whole point
What does "real" mean? Once again it seems to be a synonym for existence, but you aren't defining what notion of existence you're talking about, you speak as though it has a single transparent meaning which coincides with your own notion of physical existence. On the contrary, I think most modern analytic philosophers would interpret "mathematical Platonism" to mean *only* that mathematical structures exist in the Quinean sense, i.e. that there are truths about them that cannot be paraphrased into truths about the physical world (whatever that is). I don't think any additional notion of "existence" is normally implied by the term "mathematical Platonism" (and many philosophers might not even acknowledge that there are any well-defined notions of of 'existence' besides the Quinean one)
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