The Indispensability of Mathematics

Paperback | September 15, 2003

byMark Colyvan

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The Quine-Putnam indispensability argument in the philosophy of mathematics urges us to place mathematical entities on the same ontological footing as other theoretical entities essential to our best scientific theories. Recently, the argument has come under serious scrutiny, with manyinfluential philosophers unconvinced of its cogency. This book not only outlines the indispensability argument in considerable detail but also defends it against various challenges.

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The Quine-Putnam indispensability argument in the philosophy of mathematics urges us to place mathematical entities on the same ontological footing as other theoretical entities essential to our best scientific theories. Recently, the argument has come under serious scrutiny, with manyinfluential philosophers unconvinced of its cogency...

Mark Colyvan is at University of Tasmania.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.45 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195166612

ISBN - 13:9780195166613

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"Overall, the book presents a clear picture of the Quinean world view."--Mathematical Review