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Posted by Harvey on October 3, 2001 18:17:08 UTC


Let me predicate the term. Structuralism is a term used in European philosophy (along with poststructualism). This should not be confused with structuralism as is discussed in philosophy of mathematics. Both discuss structures as fundamental, but the European philosophy called structuralism is focused on human thought as it applies to language.

In addition, I should be careful to say that structuralism (phil of math) is about reducing physical entities to math. It is about reducing all mathematical language to talk about structures. Of course, I think many structuralists believe that the natural world is reducible to mathematical structures, but that is only a wild opinion.

Warm regards, Harv

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