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The Indispensability of Mathematics$
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Mark Colyvan

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513754X.001.0001

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The Quinean Backdrop

The Quinean Backdrop

(p.21) 2 The Quinean Backdrop
The Indispensability of Mathematics

Mark Colyvan

Oxford University Press

The thesis that philosophy is continuous with science is defended and distinguished from another influential version of naturalism. Holism is then discussed with particular emphasis on the kind of holism the indispensability argument requires – namely, confirmational holism. It is then revealed how Quinean naturalism and confirmational holism combine to yield the crucial premise of the Quine–Putnam indispensability argument.

Keywords:   confirmational holism, holism, indispensability argument, naturalism, Putnam, Quine

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