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Introduction

  • Mario Graziano
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Abstract

Using numbers to trade, classify, and sort goods and items may seem an easy, convenient, and almost ordinary task. This fact in itself could seem surprising, since numbers are—as Adam Smith famously said,—“among the most abstract ideas which the human mind is capable of forming”. If it were to be true, then, using numbers would require a long and difficult training. Nevertheless, anyone can count and perform simple arithmetic calculations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive SciencesUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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