Outline of a Dynamical Inferential Conception of the Application of Mathematics

@inproceedings{Rz2014OutlineOA,
  title={Outline of a Dynamical Inferential Conception of the Application of Mathematics},
  author={Tim R{\"a}z and Tilman Sauer},
  year={2014}
}
We outline a framework for analyzing episodes from the history of science in which the application of mathematics plays a constitutive role in the conceptual development of empirical sciences. Our starting point is the inferential conception of the application of mathematics, recently advanced by Bueno and Colyvan (2011). We identify and discuss some systematic problems of this approach. We propose refinements of the inferential conception based on theoretical considerations and on the basis of… CONTINUE READING