Review of: Hodesdon, K. “Mathematica representation: playing a role”. Philosophical Studies (2014) 168:769–782. Mathematical Reviews. MR 3176431.

MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS 2015:3176431 (2015)
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This 4-page review-essay—which is entirely reportorial and philosophically neutral as are my other contributions to MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS—starts with a short introduction to the philosophy known as mathematical structuralism. The history of structuralism traces back to George Boole (1815–1864). By reference to a recent article various feature of structuralism are discussed with special attention to ambiguity and other terminological issues. The review-essay includes a description of the recent article. The article’s 4-sentence summary is quoted in full and then analyzed. The point of the quotation is to make clear how murky, incompetent, and badly written the paper is. There is no way to determine from the article whether the editor or referees suggests improvements.

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John Corcoran
PhD: Johns Hopkins University; Last affiliation: University at Buffalo


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