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Labyrinth of Continua†

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ABSTRACTThis is a survey of the concept of continuity. Efforts to explicate continuity have produced a plurality of philosophical conceptions of continuity that have provably distinct expressions within contemporary mathematics. I claim that there is a divide between (i) the conceptions that treat the whole continuum as prior to its parts, and (ii) those conceptions that treat the parts of the continuum as prior to the whole. Along this divide, a tension emerges between those conceptions that favor philosophical idealizations of continuity (i) and those that are more readily available for mathematico-scientific use (ii).

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