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Quine and the Web of Belief

Michael D. Resnik

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195148770
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835560 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195148770.003.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Quine and the Web of Belief

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The chapter presents a largely sympathetic account of W. V. O. Quine’s account of mathematics and logic. The themes of naturalism, confirmational holism, and ontological relativity are discussed in detail, along with the indispensability argument for the truth of mathematical theories and the existence of mathematical objects.

Keywords: Quine; confirmation; holism; ontological relativity; indispensability argument

Chapter.  11605 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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