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Why Empirically Indispensable Mathematical Doctrine and (Some) Scientific Law Must Be Taken as True: Preliminary Considerations

Jody Azzouni

in Deflating Existential Consequence

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159882
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199834990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195159888.003.0002
 Why Empirically Indispensable Mathematical Doctrine and (Some) Scientific Law Must Be Taken as True: Preliminary Considerations

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A version of the indispensability of the truth of applied mathematical doctrine and empirical scientific law is established in this and the next chapter. This chapter begins the argument with a description of how the truth idiom, when used to make blind truth ascriptions, is indispensable to scientific practice. Tarski’s biconditionals enable the assertion of laws and applications of law schemas which cannot be explicitly stated. That the needs of science requires the univocality of a truth idiom is shown.

Keywords: applied mathematics; blind truth ascription; empirically indispensability; law schemas; science; Tarski biconditionals; univocality of truth

Chapter.  7294 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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