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Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

Charles S. Chihara


A continuation of the study of mathematical existence begun in Ontology and the Vicious‐Circle Principle (published in 1973); in the present work, Quine's indispensability argument is rebutted by the development of a new nominalistic version of mathematics (the Constructibility Theory) that is specified as an axiomatized theory formalized in a many‐sorted first‐order language. What is new in the present work is its abandonment of the predicative restrictions of the earlier work and its much greater attention to the applications of mathematics in science and everyday life. The book also contain ... More

Keywords: John Burgess, Chihara, Constructibility Theory, Hartry Field, Ideal Agent, indispensability argument, Instrumentalism, Philip Kitcher, Penelope Maddy, mathematical existence, Mathematical Structuralism, Moderate Realism, nominalism, philosophy of mathematics, Quine, Set Theoretical Realism, Stewart Shapiro

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239758
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198239750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles S. Chihara, author
University of California, Berkeley
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