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The formal sciences discover the philosophers' stone

Franklin, James (1994) The formal sciences discover the philosophers' stone. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 25 (4). pp. 513-533. ISSN 00393681

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Abstract

The formal sciences - mathematical as opposed to natural sciences, such as operations research, statistics, theoretical computer science, systems engineering - appear to have achieved mathematically provable knowledge directly about the real world. It is argued that this appearance is correct.
An updated version of this paper appeared in the author's book, An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics (2014)


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Franklin, Jamesj.franklin@unsw.edu.au0000-0002-4603-1406
Keywords: Formal sciences; sciences of complexity; operations research; necessity in mathematics; provability
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Applicability
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: James Franklin
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2019 01:03
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 01:03
Item ID: 16563
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/0039-3681(94)90045-0
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Applicability
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 1994
Page Range: pp. 513-533
Volume: 25
Number: 4
ISSN: 00393681
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16563

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