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The indispensability of mathematics

Author: Mark Colyvan
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Although a highly important topic among philosophers of mathematics, the Quine-Putnam indispensability argument has recently encountered considerable scrutiny, with many influential philosophers unconvinced of its cogency. The argument urges us to place mathematical entities on the same ontological footing as other theoretical entities indispensable to our best scientific theories. In a detailed yet accessible
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Colyvan
ISBN: 019513754X 9780195137545
OCLC Number: 59522508
Description: viii, 172 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Mathematics and Its Applications --
2. The Quinean Backdrop --
3. The Eleatic Principle --
4. Field's Fictionalism --
5. Maddy's Objections --
6. The Empirical Nature of Mathematical Knowledge --
7. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Mark Colyvan.

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