Circularities In The Contemporary Philosophical Accounts Of The Applicability Of Mathematics In The Physical Universe

Revista de Filosofie 61 (5):517-542 (2015)
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Contemporary philosophical accounts of the applicability of mathematics in physical sciences and the empirical world are based on formalized relations between the mathematical structures and the physical systems they are supposed to represent within the models. Such relations were constructed both to ensure an adequate representation and to allow a justification of the validity of the mathematical models as means of scientific inference. This article puts in evidence the various circularities (logical, epistemic, and of definition) that are present in these formal constructions and discusses them as an argument for the alternative semantic and propositional-structure accounts of the applicability of mathematics.
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