Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Platonism: Platonism in the narrower sense is the thesis in modern philosophy that some ideas and mental objects, especially ideas, are attributed reality. Various authors are Platonists with respect to e.g. numbers, mathematical entities, or universals. In contrast, e.g. intuitionism of mathematics assumes that numbers are not objects. This distinction has a significant effect on the logical formalisability of statements of mathematics. See also nominalism, mathematical entities, theoretical entities, completeness, evidence, fictions.
 
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Platonism/Boer: (Boer pro) considers the realm of the actual properties and relations as a whole, i.e. we assume that any property or relation that exists, exists necessarily. (Quantity/(s) contains all elements necessarily).
N.B.: from this follows -given principle E! - that the indistinguishability of identity also applies to properties and relations. (See below chapter 4: but we define their identity differently).
"Only possible"/property/relation/Boer: thus we are determined on the thesis that there are no "merely possible" properties or relations, but there could be merely possible individuals.

Boer I
Steven E. Boer
Thought-Contents: On the Ontology of Belief and the Semantics of Belief Attribution (Philosophical Studies Series) New York 2010

Boer II
Steven E. Boer
Knowing Who Cambridge 1986


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-26