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- DescriptionIf we must take mathematical statements to be true, must we also believe in the existence of abstract eternal invisible mathematical objects accessible only by the power of pure thought? Jody Azzouni says , and he claims that the way to escape such commitments is to accept (as an essential part of scientific doctrine) true statements which are about objects that don't exist in any sense at all. Azzouni illustrates what the metaphysical landscape looks like once we avoid a militant Realism which forces our commitment to anything that our theories quantify. Escaping metaphysical straitjackets (such as the correspondence theory of truth), while retaining the insight that some truths are about objects that do exist, Azzouni says that we can sort scientifically-given objects into two categories: ones which exist, and to which we forge instrumental access in order to learn their properties, and ones which do t, that is, which are made up in exactly the same sense that fictional objects are. He offers as a case study a small portion of Newtonian physics, and one result of his classification of its ontological commitments, is that it does t commit us to absolute space and time.
- Author BiographyJody Azzouni is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.
- Author(s)Jody Azzouni
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication06/04/2006
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2006
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight397 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine15 mm
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