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Bad Company Generalized

Gabriel Uzquiano
Synthese
Vol. 170, No. 3 (Oct., 2009), pp. 331-347
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40271355
Page Count: 17
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Bad Company Generalized
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Abstract

The paper is concerned with the bad company problem as an instance of a more general difficulty in the philosophy of mathematics. The paper focuses on the prospects of stability as a necessary condition on acceptability. However, the conclusion of the paper is largely negative. As a solution to the bad company problem, stability would undermine the prospects of a neo-Fregean foundation for set theory, and, as a solution to the more general difficulty, it would impose an unreasonable constraint on mathematical practice.

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