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Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 3-9

The Indispensability Argument for Mathematical Realism and Scientific Realism

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Indispensability Scientific realism Confirmational holism