Synthese 192 (8):2489-2511 (2015)

Markus Pantsar
University of Helsinki
In this paper I develop a philosophical account of actual mathematical infinity that does not demand ontologically or epistemologically problematic assumptions. The account is based on a simple metaphor in which we think of indefinitely continuing processes as defining objects. It is shown that such a metaphor is valid in terms of mathematical practice, as well as in line with empirical data on arithmetical cognition
Keywords Infinity  Aleph-null  Arithmetical cognition  Metaphor  Process  Object
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0775-4
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