Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Volume 6, 1977

Interdisciplinary Phenomenology

Robert G. Wolf
Pages 169-185

Objectivity in Logic: A Phenomenological Approach

One constant temptation of human thinking in both logic and mathematics is the claim that mathematical objects are in some sense “real”. This temptation surfaces in a number of ways—one is the recurrent metaphysical position of “Platonism”. Another is the language of “discovery” in mathematics; a third is the natural use of visual imagery in talk about mathematics and a fourth is the impersonal “objective” character accorded to mathematical theory.