Fictionalism, theft, and the story of mathematics

Philosophia Mathematica 17 (2):131-162 (2009)
This paper develops a novel version of mathematical fictionalism and defends it against three objections or worries, viz., (i) an objection based on the fact that there are obvious disanalogies between mathematics and fiction; (ii) a worry about whether fictionalism is consistent with the fact that certain mathematical sentences are objectively correct whereas others are incorrect; and (iii) a recent objection due to John Burgess concerning “hermeneuticism” and “revolutionism”
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Stephen Yablo (2001). Go Figure: A Path Through Fictionalism. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 25 (1):72–102.
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John P. Burgess (2004). Mathematics and Bleak House. Philosophia Mathematica 12 (1):18-36.

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