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Taking it Easy: A Response to Colyvan

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JournalMind
DatePublished - Oct 2012
Issue number484
Volume121
Pages (from-to)983-995
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This discussion note responds to Mark Colyvan’s claim that there is no easy road to nominalism. While Colyvan is right to note that the existence of mathematical explanations presents a more serious challenge to nominalists than is often thought, it is argued that nominalist accounts do have the resources to account for the existence of mathematical explanations whose explanatory role resides elsewhere than in their nominalistic content.

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