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Thin Realism

Penelope Maddy

in Defending the Axioms

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596188
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596188.003.0004
Thin Realism

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This chapter introduces an alternative to Robust Realism, called Thin Realism, that takes its metaphysical lead from set-theoretic methods rather than the other way around. The Thin Realist's epistemology is immune to radical skepticism, and the objectivity of her metaphysics rests on the facts of mathematical depth.

Keywords: mathematical depth; mathematical epistemology; metaphysics; objectivity; Robust Realism; set-theoretic methods; skepticism; Thin Realism

Chapter.  11022 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Metaphysics

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