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Intrinsic Explanation and Field's Dispensabilist Strategy

Marcus, Russell (2007) Intrinsic Explanation and Field's Dispensabilist Strategy. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Philosophy of mathematics for the last half-century has been dominated in one way or another by Quine’s indispensability argument. The argument alleges that our best scientific theory quantifies over, and thus commits us to, mathematical objects. In this paper, I present new considerations which undermine the most serious challenge to Quine’s argument, Hartry Field’s reformulation of Newtonian Gravitational Theory.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Marcus, Russell
Keywords: Field Indispensability Intrinsic Explanation Quine
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Russell Marcus
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3891
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3891

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