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On Batterman's ‘On the Explanatory Role of Mathematics in Empirical Science’

Christopher Pincock

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 62, issue 1, pages 211-217
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axq025
On Batterman's ‘On the Explanatory Role of Mathematics in Empirical Science’

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This discussion note of (Batterman [2010]) clarifies the modest aims of my ‘mapping account' of applications of mathematics in science. Once these aims are clarified it becomes clear that Batterman's ‘completely new approach' (Batterman [2010], p. 24) is not needed to make sense of his cases of idealized mathematical explanations. Instead, a positive proposal for the explanatory power of such cases can be reconciled with the mapping account.

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Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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