Living in Harmony: Nominalism and the Explanationist Argument for Realism

@article{Saatsi2007LivingIH,
  title={Living in Harmony: Nominalism and the Explanationist Argument for Realism},
  author={J. Saatsi},
  journal={International Studies in the Philosophy of Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={21},
  pages={19 - 33}
}
  • J. Saatsi
  • Published 2007
  • Philosophy
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
According to the indispensability argument, scientific realists ought to believe in the existence of mathematical entities, due to their indispensable role in theorising. Arguably the crucial sense of indispensability can be understood in terms of the contribution that mathematics sometimes makes to the super‐empirical virtues of a theory. Moreover, the way in which the scientific realist values such virtues, in general, and draws on explanatory virtues, in particular, ought to make the realist… Expand
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