, Volume 125, Issue 3, pp 341–383 | Cite as

Structures And Structuralism In Contemporary Philosophy Of Mathematics

  • Erich H. Reck
  • Michael P. Price


In recent philosophy of mathematics avariety of writers have presented ``structuralist''views and arguments. There are, however, a number ofsubstantive differences in what their proponents take``structuralism'' to be. In this paper we make explicitthese differences, as well as some underlyingsimilarities and common roots. We thus identifysystematically and in detail, several main variants ofstructuralism, including some not often recognized assuch. As a result the relations between thesevariants, and between the respective problems theyface, become manifest. Throughout our focus is onsemantic and metaphysical issues, including what is orcould be meant by ``structure'' in this connection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erich H. Reck
    • 1
  • Michael P. Price
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoU. S. A.

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