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I would like to thank Jeffrey Barrett, Seth Crook, Stuart Cornwell, Hartry Field, Bob Hanna, David MacCallum, Penelope Maddy, Henry Mendell, Michael Resnik, Adam Vinueza, and Peter Woodruff for commenting on earlier versions of this paper.

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Balaguer, M. A fictionalist account of the indispensable applications of mathematics. Philosophical Studies 83, 291–314 (1996).

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