FOM: Re: fom-digest V1 #245
Kanovei
kanovei at wmwap1.math.uni-wuppertal.de
Fri Dec 10 23:46:15 EST 1999
Jan Mycielski of Fri, 10 Dec 1999 19:45:16 -0700 (MST):
But some philsophers like such biased terminologies and they
support their pet theories and fuels empty disputations.
For example they say: A realist is a person who takes mathematical
objects to be real. False! A realist is a person who can distinguish
imaginary from real.
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"They" in the 3rd line clearly refers to philosophers in
the 1st line. But, I am pretty sure any (educated) philosopher
would know that a realist (philosophically) is anybody who
accepts the independent existence of universalia, and in
that sense a realist is just *a person who takes mathematical
objects to be real*.
This has little to do with a common meaning of this word
e.g. as a person seeing the reality as it stands.
Vladimir Kanovei
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