Ideas from 'Science without Numbers' by Hartry Field [1980], by Theme Structure
[found in 'Science without Number' by Field,Hartry [Blackwell 1980,0631130373]].
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4. Formal Logic / F. Set Theory ST / 8. Critique of Set Theory
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In Field's Platonist view, set theory is false because it asserts existence for nonexistent things [Chihara]

5. Theory of Logic / B. Logical Consequence / 1. Logical Consequence
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Logical consequence is defined by the impossibility of P and ¬q [Shapiro]

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Nature of Numbers / a. Numbers
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In Field's version of science, spacetime points replace real numbers [Szabó]

6. Mathematics / B. Foundations for Mathematics / 3. Axioms for Geometry
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'Metric' axioms uses functions, points and numbers; 'synthetic' axioms give facts about space

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 1. Mathematical Platonism / a. For mathematical platonism
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The Indispensability Argument is the only serious ground for the existence of mathematical entities

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 3. Mathematical Nominalism
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Nominalists try to only refer to physical objects, or language, or mental constructions

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 4. Mathematical Empiricism / b. Indispensability of mathematics
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Hilbert explains geometry, by nonnumerical facts about space

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The application of mathematics only needs its possibility, not its truth [Shapiro]

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Field needs a semantical notion of secondorder consequence, and that needs sets [Brown,JR]

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 6. Logicism / d. Logicism critique
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It seems impossible to explain the idea that the conclusion is contained in the premises

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 9. Fictional Mathematics
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Mathematics is only empirical as regards which theory is useful

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Abstractions can form useful counterparts to concrete statements

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Why regard standard mathematics as truths, rather than as interesting fictions?

7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 10. Ontological Commitment / a. Ontological commitment
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You can reduce ontological commitment by expanding the logic

8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 12. Denial of Properties
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Field presumes properties can be eliminated from science [Szabó]

9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 2. Abstract Objects / d. Problems with abstracta
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Abstract objects are only applicable to the world if they are impure, and connect to the physical

14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / a. Types of explanation
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Beneath every extrinsic explanation there is an intrinsic explanation

18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 4. Abstracta by Example
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'Abstract' is unclear, but numbers, functions and sets are clearly abstract

27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 2. Electrodynamics / b. Fields
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In theories of fields, spacetime points or regions are causal agents

27. Natural Reality / C. SpaceTime / 1. Space / d. Substantival space
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Both philosophy and physics now make substantivalism more attractive

27. Natural Reality / C. SpaceTime / 1. Space / e. Relational space
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Relational space is problematic if you take the idea of a field seriously
