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Constructibility and Mathematical Existence$
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Charles S. Chihara

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239750.001.0001

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Science Without Numbers

Science Without Numbers

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Constructibility and Mathematical Existence
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Charles S. Chihara (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198239750.003.0008

Focuses on Hartry Field's Instrumentalism. The ‘Conservation Theorems’, upon which Field bases so much of his form of Instrumentalism, are examined in detail, as is Field's attempt to ‘nominalize’ physics. Doubts are raised about the adequacy of Field's views of mathematics and physics, and a detailed comparison with the Constructibility Theory is presented.

Keywords:   Conservation Theorem, Hartry Field, Mathematical Instrumentalism

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