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Mathematics—Application and Applicability

Mark Steiner

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/10.1093/0195148770.003.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Mathematics—Application and Applicability

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This chapter discusses various senses in which mathematics is applied to the material world. It distinguishes between canonical and noncanonical applications of mathematics, the former being those for which the mathematics was developed to deal with in the first place. It also distinguishes between empirical and nonempirical applications, thus yielding four different kinds of applications. Examples of each are provided, and philosophical problems connected with each are treated.

Keywords: mathematics; application; empirical

Chapter.  11957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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