The Necessity of Mathematics

Noûs 52 (3):549-577 (2018)
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Abstract

Some have argued for a division of epistemic labor in which mathematicians supply truths and philosophers supply their necessity. We argue that this is wrong: mathematics is committed to its own necessity. Counterfactuals play a starring role.

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Juhani Yli-Vakkuri
Australian Catholic University
John Hawthorne
Australian Catholic University

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