The Indispensability of Mathematics

The Indispensability of Mathematics

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This book looks at the Quine-Putnam indispensibility Trgument in the philosophy of mathematics. This argument urges us to place mathematical entities on the same ontological footing as other theoretical entities indispenable to our best scientific theories. The argument has come under serious scrutiny in recent times with many influential philosophers unconvinced of its cogency. This book outlines the indispensibility argument in considerable detail before defending it against various challenges.show more

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  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 435.45g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019513754X
  • 9780195137545

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In his timely book, Mark Colyvan mounts a vigorous defence of the indispensability argument for mathematical platonism ... This book will be of particular interest to specialists and advanced students in the philosophy of mathematics and science, but also to epistemologists and metaphysicians in general ... this book is both useful and pleasurable - like mathematics. Australasian Journal of Philosophyshow more

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