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Conceptual Contingency and Abstract Existence


Colyvan, M, Conceptual Contingency and Abstract Existence, The Philosophical Quarterly, 50, (No 198) pp. 87-91. ISSN 0031-8094 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-9213.00171


I discuss the issue of whether the existence or non-existence of mathematical entities is a contingent matter. I focus on the debate between Hartry Field and Bob Hale and Crispin Wright, and I argue that a good reason for accepting that mathematical entities contingently exist or contingently fail to exist has been overlooked by all participants in this debate. © The Editors of The Philosophical Quarterly, 2000.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Metaphysics
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:20173
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-06-18

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