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Tarskian semantics, for example, is compositional, because the satisfaction of a complex formula is deﬁned in terms of the satisfaction of its subformulas. Dummett’s proposal is that the lessons of the manifestation requirement be incorporated into a compositional semantics. Instead of providing satisfaction conditions of each formula, Dummett proposes that the proper semantics supplies proof or computation conditions. ’’ Here are three clauses: A proof of a formula in the form F _ C is a proof of F or a proof of C.
Indeed, ante rem structuralism is a realism in ontology. Only the nature of the ontology is in question. Eliminative structuralism also requires a large ontology to keep the various branches of mathematics from lapsing into vacuity. Surely there are not enough physical objects to keep structuralism from being vacuous when it comes to functional analysis or set theory. Thus, eliminative structuralism requires a large ontology of nonconcrete objects, and so it is not consistent with ontological anti-realism.
Real and complex analysis and Euclidean geometry require a continuum of objects, and set theory requires a proper class (or at least an inaccessible cardinal number) of objects. ’’ Benacerraf , an early advocate of eliminative structuralism, made much of the fact that the set-theoretic hierarchy contains many exempliﬁcations of the natural number structure. He concluded from this that numbers are not objects. This conclusion, however, depends on what it is to be an object—an interesting philosophical question in its own right.