[FOM] Platonism and Progress in Philosophy

Jon Awbrey jawbrey at att.net
Mon Apr 26 08:46:46 EDT 2010

Charles Silver wrote:
> Could you please furnish one or more examples of philosophical progress
> in the past hundred years, such that the result of that progress is not
> scientific, but still remains under the purview of philosophy?

Those of us who consider logic to be a normative science and
natural philosophy to be part of philosophy will shy away from
pontificating infallible lines of demarcation here, but I might
point to Peirce's various nunciations of the pragmatic maxim and
his highlighting the role of hypostatic abstraction in mathematics
as genuine advances that are very relevant to our immediate question.

Well, I might if you give me just a tad more than a hundred years ...

Cf. http://knol.google.com/k/pragmatic-maxim
Cf. http://mywikibiz.com/Hypostatic_abstraction

Jon Awbrey


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