# Tag Archives: Foundations of Mathematics

## Mathematical Demonstration & the Doctrine of Individuals • 2

Selection from C.S. Peirce, “Logic Of Relatives” (1870), CP 3.45–149 93.   In reference to the doctrine of individuals, two distinctions should be borne in mind.  The logical atom, or term not capable of logical division, must be one of which … Continue reading

## Mathematical Demonstration & the Doctrine of Individuals • 1

Selection from C.S. Peirce, “Logic Of Relatives” (1870), CP 3.45–149 92.   Demonstration of the sort called mathematical is founded on suppositions of particular cases.  The geometrician draws a figure;  the algebraist assumes a letter to signify a single quantity fulfilling … Continue reading

## C.S. Peirce • Syllabus • Selection 2

But round about the castle there began to grow a hedge of thorns, which every year became higher, and at last grew close up round the castle and all over it, so that there was nothing of it to be … Continue reading

## C.S. Peirce • Syllabus • Selection 1

Selection from C.S. Peirce, “A Syllabus of Certain Topics of Logic” (1903) An Outline Classification of the Sciences 180.   This classification, which aims to base itself on the principal affinities of the objects classified, is concerned not with all … Continue reading

Re: Foundational Crisis? • Harvey Friedman 2014 Aug 22 Shock and surprise are relative to a prior state of belief.  The belief that mathematics reduces to logic, and that of a purely deductive sort from given axioms, seems to be … Continue reading

Re: What Is Good Mathematics? • Harvey Friedman 2014 Aug 17 Speaking of mathematics in the context of “general intellectual activity” brings to mind Raymond Wilder’s take on “mathematics as a cultural system”. I would like to keep that in … Continue reading

## Forest Primeval → Riffs & Rotes

Re: Shifting Paradigms? • (1) • (2) • (3) • (4) • (5) • (6) Prompted by the discussion of Catalan numbers on the Foundations Of Math List, I dug up a few pieces of early correspondence and later discussions that … Continue reading