The Eleatic Principle

Mark Colyvan

in The Indispensability of Mathematics

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137545
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833139 | DOI:
                   The Eleatic Principle

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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

Chapter.  12156 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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