Indispensability Argument and Set Theory

Podnieks, Karlis (2008) Indispensability Argument and Set Theory. The Reasoner, 2 (11). pp. 8-9. ISSN 1757-0522

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One may take several different positions with respect to the ontological status of scientific entities such as, for example, quarks (quarks can't be observed even in principle). Do quarks "really exist", or are they only a (currently successful) theoretical construct used by physicists in their models? Perhaps, the "least committed" position could be the formalist one: let us define the "real existence" of some scientific entity as its invariance in future scientific theories.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions:University of Latvia > F1 Faculty of Computing
1. Mark Colyvan (2001: The Indispensability of Mathematics, Oxford University Press, 192 pp.)

2. Thomas Jech (2006: Set Theory, Springer, 772 pp.)

3. Akihiro Kanamori (2003: The Higher Infinite: Large Cardinals in Set Theory from Their Beginnings, Springer, 564 pp.)

4. Peter Petersen (2006: Riemannian Geometry, Springer, 408 pp.

ID Code:201
Deposited By: Prof. Karlis Podnieks
Deposited On:29 Dec 2011 09:39
Last Modified:06 Feb 2021 14:41

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