Hal: > My tentative opinion is that it does make sense to ascribe Platonic > existence to such things but I am interested to hear other people's > thoughts.
It is, perhaps, interesting, that 'time', for Plato, is 'moving according to number'. That is to say ... equations, if I understand it correctly. s. 'Now the nature of the ideal being was everlasting, but to bestow this attribute in its fulness upon a creature was impossible. Wherefore he resolved to have a moving image of eternity, and when he set in order the heaven, he made this image eternal but moving according to number, while eternity itself rests in unity; and this image we call time.' -Plato http://www.ellopos.net/elpenor/physis/plato-timaeus/time.asp