On 28 Feb., 22:14, Virgil <vir...@ligriv.com> wrote:
> WM confuses those names with the things named.
No. > > One, two three, and so on, are names . > > Ein, Zwei, Drei, und so weiter, are different names but name the same > things.
There are rules according to which different names can be put together to form sentences. These rules belong to mathematics. There are rules according to which different names can replace each other. These rules belong to germanistic in the narrower and linguistic in the wider sense.
The set of words and symbols and pictures and objects that can be exchanged by each other is an idea. This idea can be an object of reality called a thing like "three oranges" or a pure idea like "three". Ideas that nobody thinks do not exist. Ideas that nobody can think of consistently like fairies, unicorns or finished infinity exist (as words) but do not belong to mathematics.