THE SYDNEY SCHOOL: MATHEMATICS, THE SCIENCE OF STRUCTURE
AN ARISTOTELIAN REALIST PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS
We are a school of philosophers of mathematics centred in Sydney, Australia. Our line is realist (about structure or pattern), but Aristotelian rather than Platonist: we hold that mathematics studies real properties of things such as symmetry and continuity . . .
intro . . .
our manifesto . . .
a tutorial on Aristotelian realism. . .
review of other schools in philosophy of maths. . .
The Australian's Higher Ed Supplement article. . . introductory talk on infinity ... Philosopher's Zone interview 2010.


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Members 
James Franklin

Peter Forrest

Anne Newstead

Andrew Irvine

Adrian Heathcote

Lisa Dive

Charles Pigden


Book
 James Franklin's book, An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics, will appear from Palgrave Macmillan in Apr 2014.
 Our articles
 J Franklin, The mathematical world, Aeon 7 Apr 2014.
(popular introduction)
 J Franklin, Nondeductive logic in mathematics: the probability of conjectures, in A. Aberdein and I. Dove, eds, The Argument of Mathematics (Springer, Dordrecht, 2013), 1129.
 A Newstead and J Franklin, Indispensability without Platonism, in Properties, Powers and Structures, ed. A. Bird, B. Ellis and H. Sankey (Routledge, New York, 2012), 8197.
 J Franklin, Aristotelianism in the philosophy of mathematics, Studia Neoaristotelica 8 (2011), 315.
(short but comprehensive statement of our view)
 A Newstead & J Franklin, The epistemology of geometry I: the problem of exactness, ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, 2010, pp. 254260.
 J Franklin, Aristotelian realism, chapter in The Philosophy of Mathematics, ed. A. Irvine (Handbook of the Philosophy of Science series, NorthHolland Elsevier, 2009), 101153.
(fullest statement of our view before the book listed above)
 P Forrest and D M Armstrong, The nature of number, Philosophical Studies 16 (1987), 165186.
(classic paper explaining counting numbers as relations between universals and heaps)
 J Franklin, Mathematical Necessity and Reality, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 67 (1989), 286294
(argues that mathematical statements can be both necessary and about reality)
 J Franklin, The formal sciences discover the philosophers' stone, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 25 (1994), 51333
(argues that the mathematical sciences like operations research and computer science have achieved the goal of necessary truths about real objects)
 A Newstead and J Franklin,
On the reality of the continuum Philosophy 83 (2008), 11727.
(defends the reality of the continuum understood as an actual infinity)
 A Newstead
Review of Oppy's Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity Australasian J. of Philosophy 85 (2007), 67982.
 A Irvine, Introduction to A. Irvine, ed, Physicalism in Mathematics (1990)
(survey of nominalism, realism and physicalism in mathematics)
 A Heathcote, Unbounded operators and the incompleteness of quantum mechanics, Philosophy of Science, (1990), 52334
(a form of incompleteness in QM follows from the use of unbounded operators)
 A Heathcote, Quantum heterodoxy: realism at the Planck length, Science and Education, 12 (2003), 51329
(it is possible to be realist about QM without adopting a hiddenvariables interpretation)
 A G J Newstead, Aristotle and modern mathematical theories of the continuum, in Aristotle and Contemporary Science, ed. D. SfendoniMentzou, Lang, New York, 2001, vol. 2
 C Cheyne & C R Pigden, Pythagorean powers Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 74 (1996), 63945
(the indispensability argument for the existence of mathematical objects
requires them to have causal powers)
 L Lehrer Dive,
An Epistemic Structuralist Account of Mathematical Knowledge, PhD Thesis, University of Sydney, 2003.
 J Franklin, Nondeductive logic in mathematics, British J. for the Philosophy of Science 38 (1987), 118
(on the logical status of evidence for unproved conjectures in mathematics)
 An interview: Philosophy, mathematics and structure Philosopher 1 (2) (Winter, 1995), 3138


Related materials
 J Franklin, On the parallel between mathematics and morals, Philosophy 79 (2004), 97119.
(defends the absolute objectivity of both mathematical and ethical truths; winner of the 2005 Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics)
 J Franklin, Last bastion of reason, New Criterion 18 (9) (May 2000), 748
(polemical review on Lakatos's philosophy of mathematics)
 A Heathcote, a forthcoming review/essay on complex numbers
 P Forrest, Sets as mereological tropes, Metaphysica 2 (2002), 510
 J Franklin & A Daoud, Proof in Mathematics: An Introduction
(textbook on proof from an Aristotelian perspective)
 J Franklin, Two caricatures II: Leibniz's best world, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 52 (2002), 4556
(defence of Leibniz's solution to the problem of evil in terms of mathematical restrictions on local and global structure)
 J Franklin, Chapter on 'Artifice and the natural world: Mathematics, logic, technology' in
Cambridge History of Eighteenth Century Philosophy
(full account of eighteenth century philosophy of mathematics and logic)
 J Franklin, Achievements and fallacies in Hume's account of infinite divisibility,
Hume Studies
20 (1994), 85101.
(Hume was right to say we can't prove space is infinitely divisible, but wrong
to claim it isn't)
 J Franklin, Corrupting the Youth: a history of philosophy in Australia
(contains a chapter on Australian philosophy of science and mathematics)
 J Franklin, Resurrecting logical probability, Erkenntnis 55 (2001), 277305
(philosophy of probability considered as logic)

Philosophy of mathematics resources we recommend
 
For further information, contact
James Franklin,
j.franklin@unsw.edu.au  
This site created by James Franklin with help from
Gerry Nolan

