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Science Without Numbers

Charles S. Chihara

in Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

Published in print June 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239758
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239750.003.0008

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Science Without Numbers

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Focuses on Hartry Field's Instrumentalism. The ‘Conservation Theorems’, upon which Field bases so much of his form of Instrumentalism, are examined in detail, as is Field's attempt to ‘nominalize’ physics. Doubts are raised about the adequacy of Field's views of mathematics and physics, and a detailed comparison with the Constructibility Theory is presented.

Keywords: Conservation Theorem; Hartry Field; Mathematical Instrumentalism

Chapter.  14203 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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