Stalnaker on Mathematical Information


  • Gerhard Nuffer

    1. Reed College
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      Gerhard Nuffer received his MA in philosophy from the University of Tübingen and his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Reed College.


Robert Stalnaker has argued that mathematical information is information about the sentences and expressions of mathematics. I argue that this metalinguistic account is open to a variant of Alonzo Church's translation objection and that Stalnaker's attempt to get around this objection is not successful. If correct, this tells not only against Stalnaker's account of mathematical truths, but against any metalinguistic account of truths that are both necessary and informative.