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Mathematics and Theory of Knowledge

  1. Nov 13, 2011 #1

    As part of my Theory of Knowledge course I am studying the areas of knowledge, more specifically, Mathematics.

    I am researching about the idea of absolute and relative truths. I am looking for the most basic, fundamental principle of mathematics, that is, maybe an "assumption(?)" that enables mathematics to function, analogous to the fact that 0! = 1. It is defined as so in order to make factorials work. With that idea I could then argue that, if that principle existed and was not absolute, hence, relative, Mathematics would exist and not exist at the same time, going against the Law of non-contradiction for example.

    Is there such a principle?

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 13, 2011 #2
  4. Nov 13, 2011 #3
    Cool, thanks for the response! I will look into that!
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