The platonists saw mathematics as almost an experimental science studying objects that really exist in some sense though they clearly dont exist in a physical or material sense the intuitionists had the most radical point of view essentially they saw all mathematics as a human creation and therefore as essentially finite. Virtually all philosophers treat mathematics as isolated timeless ahistorical inhuman in what . What is mathematics really reviewed by ed dubinsky ed dubinsky is professor of mathematics at georgia state university his e mail address is eddcsgsuedu 1unfortunately the word constructivism is used in both philosophy of mathematics and the psychology of math ematics with two very different meanings to avoid con. The problem of whether pure mathematics is objective and universal the view just described or whether it is a humanly made construction remains an enduring philosophical controversy hersh 1997
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