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Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
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Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback)
Volume 111, Issue 2pt2, pages 201–217, April 2011
How to Cite
Ketland, J. (2011), VI—Nominalistic Adequacy. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback), 111: 201–217. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00306.x
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
Instrumentalist nominalism responds to the indispensability arguments by rejecting the demand that successful mathematicized scientific theories be nominalized, and instead claiming merely that such theories are nominalistically adequate: the concreta behave ‘as if’ the theory is true. This article examines some definitions of the concept of nominalistic adequacy and concludes with some considerations against instrumentalist nominalism.