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Science Without Numbers : A Defense of Nominalism (Paperback) (Hartry Field)

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Science Without Numbers caused a stir in philosophy on its original publication in 1980, with its bold nominalist approach to the ontology of mathematics and science. Hartry Field argues that we can explain the utility of mathematics without assuming it true. Part of the argument is that good mathematics has a special feature ("conservativeness") that allows it to be applied to "nominalistic" claims (roughly, those neutral to the existence of mathematical entities) in a way that generates nominalistic consequences more easily without generating any new ones. Field goes on to argue that we can axiomatize physical theories using nominalistic claims only, and that in fact this has advantages over the usual axiomatizations that are independent of nominalism. There has been much debate about the book since it first appeared. It is now reissued in a revised contains a substantial new preface giving the author's current views on the original book and the issues that were raised in the subsequent discussion of it.
Number of Pages: 111
Genre: Philosophy, Science, Mathematics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Hartry Field
Language: English
Street Date: December 27, 2016
TCIN: 52196274
UPC: 9780198777922
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-2887
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