Meaning of finitist in English:


noun & adjective

Philosophy Mathematics

See finitism

‘This axiom is problematic in some systems, and some people, finitists such as Hilbert, wanted a consistent way to talk about infinity that stemmed from proofs using finitary means.’
  • ‘The most unassailable way of reasoning is finitist.’
  • ‘The hard-headed finitist has to restrict logic even further than the intuitionist does.’
  • ‘Within a finitist framework, however, rules cannot be approached from the perspective of the individual because they are made up of continuous interactions.’
  • ‘The finitist account of concept application demands that each new application is determined by the factors and contingencies operative at that time.’