• Jane McDonnell


On the face of it, physics and mathematics are about different things. The objects of physics are those which we causally interact with every day and which give us our sensations of heat, light, texture, smell and sound. Physicists assume their existence and try to discover their properties and how they cause the experiences that they do. In contrast, the objects of mathematics are usually deemed to be irrelevant to the causal nexus. If mathematical objects exist at all, then they exist outside of space and time in an eternal, unchanging state of pure being. We can’t interact with them in a sensual way, only by pure intellection, and any such interaction defies the laws of physical objects because it does not involve any interchange of energy, or any change at all in the grasped object, merely a change in our own mental state.


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  • Jane McDonnell
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  1. 1.Philosophy Department ClaytonVictoriaAustralia

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