Peirce's realistic approach to mathematics: or can one be a realist without being a platonist

Abstract : Peirce's realism is a sophisticated realism inherited from the Avicennian Scotistic tradition, which may be briefly characterized by its opposition to metaphysical realism (Platonism) and various forms of nominalism. In this chapter, I consider how Peirce's realism fits his approach to mathematics, which is often presented as a somewhat incoherent mixture of Platonistic and conceptualistic elements. Without denying these, I claim that Peirce's subtle position not only helps to clear up some of these so-called inconsistencies but offers many insights for contemporary ways of dealing with the mathematical aspects of the problem of universals;
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E.C Moore. Charles S Peirce and the Philosophy of Science (papers from the Harvard sesquicentennial Congress, 1989), The University of Alabama Press, Tuscalosa and London, pp.30-48, 1993
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Claudine Tiercelin. Peirce's realistic approach to mathematics: or can one be a realist without being a platonist. E.C Moore. Charles S Peirce and the Philosophy of Science (papers from the Harvard sesquicentennial Congress, 1989), The University of Alabama Press, Tuscalosa and London, pp.30-48, 1993. 〈ijn_00000208〉

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