[lit-ideas] Re: Numbers

  • From: "Peter D. Junger" <junger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 12:09:28 -0500

"Phil Enns" writes:

: It does seem problematic to think of the number 0 as being like a
: Platonic form.  We can imagine the absence of something but I am not
: sure whether one can think absence as, well, something.  Plato himself
: warned against talk of nothingness precisely because it could only turn
: nothingness into something and therefore be nonsense.  If this is
: reasonable, perhaps the two fundamental numbers are 1 and 2.  That is,
: there is something and there is difference.

It is my---vague---recolection that the intuitionists or 
constructivists---who are mostly Dutch---refuse to admit any
numbers that cannot be constructed---without the aid of the
rule against the excluded middle---from the basic sense of

Or something like that.

Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH
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