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The Indispensability of Mathematics

The Indispensability of Mathematics

by Mark Colyvan


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The Indispensability of Mathematics

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 many influential 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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ISBN-13: 9780195166613
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/20/2003
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,171,373
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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University of Tasmania

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