Title: The epistemic significance of numerals (epub ahead of print)
Authors: Heylen, Jan # ×
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Synthese: an International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
Abstract: The central topic of this article is (the possibility of) de re knowledge about natural numbers and its relation with names for numbers. It is held by several prominent philosophers that (Peano) numerals are eligible for existential quantification in epistemic contexts ('canonical'), whereas other names for natural numbers are not. In other words, (Peano) numerals are intimately linked with de re knowledge about natural numbers, whereas the other names for natural numbers are not. In this article I am looking for an explanation of this phenomenon. It is argued that the standard induction scheme plays a key role.
ISSN: 0039-7857
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy
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