Mind 119 (474):285-306 (2010)

Authors
Mark Colyvan
University of Sydney
Abstract
Hartry Field has shown us a way to be nominalists: we must purge our scientific theories of quantification over abstracta and we must prove the appropriate conservativeness results. This is not a path for the faint hearted. Indeed, the substantial technical difficulties facing Field's project have led some to explore other, easier options. Recently, Jody Azzouni, Joseph Melia, and Stephen Yablo have argued that it is a mistake to read our ontological commitments simply from what the quantifiers of our best scientific theories range over. In this paper, I argue that all three arguments fail and they fail for much the same reason; would-be nominalists are thus left facing Field's hard road
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/mind/fzq014
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 56,081
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Theories and Things.W. V. O. Quine (ed.) - 1981 - Harvard University Press.
Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology.Rudolf Carnap - 1950 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4 (11):20-40.
What Metaphors Mean.Donald Davidson - 2010 - In Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.), Critical Inquiry. Routledge. pp. 31.

View all 51 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Mathematical Explanations Of Empirical Facts, And Mathematical Realism.Aidan Lyon - 2012 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (3):559-578.
Indexing and Mathematical Explanation.Alan Baker & Mark Colyvan - 2011 - Philosophia Mathematica 19 (3):323-334.

View all 59 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

An Easy Road to Nominalism.O. Bueno - 2012 - Mind 121 (484):967-982.
Taking It Easy: A Response to Colyvan.Mary Leng - 2012 - Mind 121 (484):983-995.
Taking the Easy Road Out of Dodge.J. Azzouni - 2012 - Mind 121 (484):951-965.
Wang Chuan-Shan on the Relationship between Ying-Yang and Dao.Chi-chu Chen - 2002 - Philosophy and Culture 29 (11):1032-1039.
Nominalism and Idealism.Herbert Hochberg - 2013 - Axiomathes 23 (2):213-234.
Paradigms and Russell's Resemblance Regress.Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (4):644 – 651.
Merits of Leśniewski Type Nominalism.Henning Hintze - 1995 - Logic and Logical Philosophy 3:101-114.
Merits of Lesniewski Type Nominalism.Henning Hintze - 1995 - Logic and Logical Philosophy 3:101-114.
Nominalism and the Disappearance of the Problem of Individuation.Eric Rubenstein - 2002 - Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 5:193-204.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-03-04

Total views
684 ( #7,639 of 2,403,894 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
18 ( #41,749 of 2,403,894 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes