Getting away from the Cantorian hell

De Glas Michel
Language of the article : French
DOI: 10.3406/intel.2009.1738
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Having briefly recalled the paradoxes conveyed by the mathematical continuum and the infinite, inherited from the founding works of Cantor and Dedekind, we show that the various mathematical constructivisms, despite their neo-aristotelian inspiration, prove to be unable to escape actualism and mathematical platonism. This problem actually is, not only, one the key problems in the philosophy of mathematics, but also a problem to the solution of which cognitive science may greatly contribute. The role played by topology in the field of mathematics as well as in the elaboration of mathematical models in cognitive science is typical of this submission to the set-theoretical orthodoxy (punctiform continuum, actual infinite). Locology may be seen as an alternative to topology, a new Analysis situs. Localistic logic, which is based upon the locological substratum, aims at redefining the outline of logical and mathematical constructivism.

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De Glas Michel (2009/1). Getting away from the Cantorian hell. In De Glas Michel (Eds), The Mathematical Continuum. New Conceptions, New Challenges, Intellectica, 51, (pp.191-242), DOI: 10.3406/intel.2009.1738.