The Indispensability of Mathematics [Book Review]

Philosophia Mathematica 11 (2):208-223 (2003)
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The subject with which Mark Colyvan's book deals is timely indeed. While discussions of mathematical ontology have been a mainstay in philosophy of mathematics for the last century (at least), for the last thirty years or so this discussion has begun with (and often not left) the Quine/Putnam indispensability argument. Though the argument is widely cited, to my knowledge this is the first book-length project exclusively dedicated to articulating and defending the Quine/Putnam indispensability argument for mathematical platonism. In the first section below, I shall run through a summary of the book (following its chapter layout) with a few critical remarks. In the second section I shall raise a few critical issues organized topically.



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Anthony F. Peressini
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Mathematics as a science of patterns.Michael David Resnik - 1997 - New York ;: Oxford University Press.
Mathematics and indispensability.Elliott Sober - 1993 - Philosophical Review 102 (1):35-57.

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