Mathematical Nominalism and Measurement

Rizza, Davide (2009) Mathematical Nominalism and Measurement. Philosophia Mathematica, 18 (1). pp. 53-73. ISSN 1744-6406

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Abstract

In this paper I defend mathematical nominalism by arguing that any reasonable account of scientific theories and scientific practice must make explicit the empirical non-mathematical grounds on which the application of mathematics is based. Once this is done, references to mathematical entities may be eliminated or explained away in terms of underlying empirical conditions. I provide evidence for this conclusion by presenting a detailed study of the applicability of mathematics to measurement. This study shows that mathematical nominalismmay be regarded as amethodological approach to applicability, illuminating the use of mathematics in science.

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Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:58
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:03
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10016
DOI: 10.1093/philmat/nkp010

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