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Most predominant philosophical attitude toward mathematics

  1. Dec 22, 2014 #1
    What is the most predominant philosophical attitude toward mathematics among mathematicians?
    I am talking about things like mathematical platonism, formalism, logicism etc.
    In some circumstances I feel that I am a platonist (e.g when thinking about pi) in others logicist or formalist etc. Does one have to be one or other?

    Thx in advance.
     
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  3. Dec 22, 2014 #2

    jedishrfu

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    There is a good discussion on this topic in Wikipedia.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_mathematics

    I can't say whether a poll has ever been done to determine where all mathematicians stand on this. I suspect though that most are caught in their interest to math and not its philosophical underpinnings.
     
  4. Dec 23, 2014 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    While I can't speak with any degree of authority on this, I suspect that "structuralism" is most common among mathematicians, whether they think of it that way or not.
     
  5. Dec 23, 2014 #4

    Evo

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    Philosophy discussions are not allowed, since the thread is not staying away from philosophy as jedishrfu suggested, it is closed.
     
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