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Mathematical Fictionalism and Constructive Empiricism

Mary Leng

in Mathematics and Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199280797
eISBN:
9780191723452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280797.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The fictionalist account of the role of mathematical hypotheses in our scientific theories presented in Chapter 7 suggests that we should not view our scientific theories as true, taken literally, ... More


Metaphysics as a Fiction

Gideon Rosen

in Fictionalism in Philosophy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190689605
eISBN:
9780190689636
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190689605.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

Realists about metaphysics hold that the aim of the enterprise is to state the truth about the fundamental structure of reality and the principles by means of which reality as a whole is built up ... More


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