Chapter

The Quinean Backdrop

Mark Colyvan

in The Indispensability of Mathematics

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137545
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833139 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513754X.003.0002
                   The Quinean Backdrop

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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

Chapter.  7805 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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