**Does Mathematical Beauty Pose Problems for Naturalism?**

The process of pure mathematical thought and the engagement with ever-surprising, profound new statements and their proofs (fulfillable mathematical intentions) reveals, alongside with a never-ending, other-worldly depth of pure mathematical discovery, the true meaning of Cantor's words,Russell W. Howell

Prof. of Mathematics, Westmont College - Santa Barbara, California

July 28, 2005

'Through thatthe essence of mathematics lies in its freedom'

*participative process*, the mind acquires a sense of distinctiveness and autonomy of mathematics with respect to the physical world/processes. The (contingent) physical world(s)/universe(s)? No need for such hypotheses (turning the tables on Laplace, here).

*No need for a 'working' hypothesis of a physical world out there in the depth of pure mathematical exploration*. This is not good news for naturalism.The same case for profound freedom can be made by poets and artists. (MC)