The Indispensability of Mathematics

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Short description: 2001 book by Mark Colyvan
The Indispensability of Mathematics
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AuthorMark Colyvan
SubjectPhilosophy of mathematics
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages192 pp.

The Indispensability of Mathematics is a 2001 book by Mark Colyvan in which he examines the Quine–Putnam indispensability argument in the philosophy of mathematics. This thesis is based on the premise that mathematical entities are placed on the same ontological foundation as other theoretical entities indispensable to our best scientific theories.[1][2][3]


  1. Melia, Joseph (March 2003). "Mark Colyvan, The Indispensability of Mathematics.". Metascience 12 (1): 55–58. doi:10.1023/A:1024411117330. 
  2. Cole, J. (1 March 2003). "Review: The Indispensability of Mathematics" (in en). Mind 112 (446): 331–336. doi:10.1093/mind/112.446.331. ISSN 0026-4423. Retrieved 26 October 2018. 
  3. Cheyne, C. (September 2002). "The Indispensability of Mathematics" (in en). Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 (3): 378–379. doi:10.1080/713659474. ISSN 0004-8402. 

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