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Philosophia Christi

Volume 22, Issue 2, 2020

C. P. Ruloff
Pages 325-334

Theism, Explanation, and Mathematical Platonism

Dan Baras has recently argued for the claim that Theistic Mathematical Platonism (TMP) fares no better than Mathematical Platonism (MP) with respect to explaining why our mathematical beliefs are correlated with mind-independent mathematical truths. In this paper I argue that, insofar as TMP provides a proximate or local explanation for this truth-tracking correlation whereas MP fails to offer any corresponding explanation, Baras’s claim that TMP fares no better than MP with respect to explaining this correlation is false.

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