The reality of Field's epistemological challenge to platonism

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In the introduction to his Realism, Mathematics, and Modality (1989), and in earlier papers included in that collection, Hartry Field offered an epistemological challenge to platonism in the philosophy of mathematics. Justin Clarke-Doane (2016) argues that Field’s challenge is an illusion: it does not pose a genuine problem for platonism. My aim is to show that Clarke-Doane’s argument relies on a misunderstanding of Field’s challenge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027–1031
Early online date18 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • platonism, epistemological objection, abstract objects, Field, Benacerraf, Clarke-Doane


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