Erkenntnis:1-25 (forthcoming)

Georg Schiemer
University of Vienna
Holger Andreas
University Of British Columbia, Okanagan
In this paper, we aim to explore connections between a Carnapian semantics of theoretical terms and an eliminative structuralist approach in the philosophy of mathematics. Specifically, we will interpret the language of Peano arithmetic by applying the modal semantics of theoretical terms introduced in Andreas :367–383, 2010). We will thereby show that the application to Peano arithmetic yields a formal semantics of universal structuralism, i.e., the view that ordinary mathematical statements in arithmetic express general claims about all admissible interpretations of the Peano axioms. Moreover, we compare this application with the modal structuralism by Hellman, arguing that it provides us with an easier epistemology of statements in arithmetic.
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