FOM: message from Hilary Putnam

Stephen G Simpson simpson at
Sat Oct 18 19:49:33 EDT 1997

From: Hilary Putnam <hputnam at>


 What makes a concept of mathematics "basic"? I am inclined to think that
very few concepts are *essential* to mathematics: perhaps only the
(better: a certain) concept of *proof*. Hilary Putnam

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