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Notes by RBJ on

The Standard of Equality of Numbers

by George Boolos

A contribution to the case against Logicism.

The following notes are not intended as a general review of the paper. It is an analysis of the arguments presented in the paper which may bear upon either the claim that Mathematics is reducible to logic or that Mathematics is Analytic.

There are, I believe, two main themes in this paper:

The importance of the first theme lies in its relevance to the claims of logicism.

I don't really understand why Boolos attaches as much importance to the role of "Hume's" thesis as he does.

The gross structure of the paper is as follows:


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