The Comparison Of Mathematics With Narrative

  • R.S.D. Thomas
Part of the Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science book series (LEUS, volume 5)


Mathematical writing, chiefly of proofs, is compared with the telling of stories. Contrasts are also noted. The positive analogy is used to support the view of mathematics as being about relations rather than objects obviating a need for ontological commitment to mathematical objects. The negative analogy is used to deny some philosophers’ identification of mathematics with fiction.


Narrative fiction history relations pretence 


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  • R.S.D. Thomas
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  1. 1.University of ManitobaCanada

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