Re: Peter Cameron • Infinity and Foundation
C.S. Peirce is one who recognized the constitutional independence of mathematical inquiry, finding at its core a mode of operation tantamount to observation and more primitive than logic itself. Here is one place where he expressed that idea.
Normative science rests largely on phenomenology and on mathematics;
metaphysics on phenomenology and on normative science.
— Charles Sanders Peirce, Collected Papers, CP 1.186 (1903)
Syllabus : Classification of Sciences (CP 1.180–202, G-1903-2b)