The Indispensability Argument for Mathematical Realism and Scientific Realism
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- Busch, J. J Gen Philos Sci (2012) 43: 3. doi:10.1007/s10838-012-9184-2
Confirmational holism is central to a traditional formulation of the indispensability argument for mathematical realism (IA). I argue that recent strategies for defending scientific realism are incompatible with confirmational holism. Thus a traditional formulation of IA is incompatible with recent strategies for defending scientific realism. As a consequence a traditional formulation of IA will only have limited appeal.