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Counterlegals and the 'makes no difference' argument

Title
Counterlegals and the 'makes no difference' argument
Authors
Kim S.
Ewha Authors
김세화
SCOPUS Author ID
김세화scopus
Issue Date
2009
Journal Title
Erkenntnis
ISSN
0165-0106JCR Link
Citation
vol. 70, no. 3, pp. 419 - 426
Indexed
AHCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
In his 2003 paper, "Does the Existence of Mathematical Objects Make a Difference?", Alan Baker criticizes what he terms the 'Makes No Difference' (MND) argument by arguing that it does not succeed in undermining platonism. In this paper, I raise two objections. The first objection is that Baker is wrong in claiming that the premise of the MND argument lacks a truth-value. The second objection is that the theory of counterlegals which he appeals to in his argument is incompatible with actual scientific practice. I conclude that we ought not to accept Baker's claim. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
DOI
10.1007/s10670-008-9151-9
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