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Confirmation Theory and Indispensability


Colyvan, M, Confirmation Theory and Indispensability, Philosophical Studies, 96, (1) pp. 1-19. ISSN 0031-8116 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1004248218844


In this paper I examine Quine's indispensability argument, with particular emphasis on what is meant by 'indispensable'. I show that confirmation theory plays a crucial role in answering this question and that once indispensability is understood in this light, Quine's argument is seen to be a serious stumbling block for any scientific realist wishing to maintain an anti-realist position with regard to mathematical entities. © 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Epistemology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Colyvan, M (Dr Mark Colyvan)
ID Code:16986
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-05

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