[FOM] proxy fonctions and their role in Quine's philosophy of mathematics

praatika@mappi.helsinki.fi praatika at mappi.helsinki.fi
Mon Dec 29 10:07:12 EST 2003

Dear Mlika

Perhaps the clearest statement of Quine's "proxy-function argument" can be 
found in his book Theories and Things, p. 19-20. (see also Pursuit of 
Truth, 31-33.). 

Actually, it is not particularly related to the philosophy of mathematics, 
although it could be applied there too, in support of some kind of 
structuralist view. (whether I buy the argument is a different question...)



Panu Raatikainen
Ph.D., Docent in Theoretical Philosophy
Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

E-mail: panu.raatikainen at helsinki.fi


mlika hamdi <mlika_hamdi at yahoo.fr>:

> Dear all members,
> I would be very grateful if you could provide me with some suggestions
> and bibliographical references for a definition of proxy fonctions and
> their specific role in Quine's philosophy of mathematics.
> Thank you for your help.
> Mlika Hamdi
> Paris
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