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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 Eleatic Principle

The Eleatic Principle

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(p.39) 3 The Eleatic Principle
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The Indispensability of Mathematics
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Mark Colyvan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019513754X.003.0003

Quinean naturalism is defended over an influential version of naturalism that invokes a causal test – the so‐called Eleatic Principle. The main justifications for the Eleatic Principle are considered, and in each case these justifications are found wanting. Important to this task is the demonstration of the important role that noncausal explanation plays in science.

Keywords:   causal test, Eleatic Principle, naturalism, noncausal explanation, Quine

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