, as Vaihinger's systematic theory is often derisorily labelled, is accorded little credence in modern philosophical circles.
17, 17 (2000) ; Ralph Brubaker, From Fictionalism
4) One exponent of fictionalism
is Bas van Fraassen, The Empirical Stance (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002), and Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).
Following the discussion of fictionalism
in Chapter Four, Chapter Five introduces the recent 'explanatory turn' in the debate over mathematical realism.
has long presented an attractive alternative to both heavy-duty realist and simple eliminativist views about entities such as properties, propositions, numbers, and possible worlds.
Chapter Thirteen targets non-standard versions of mathematical fictionalism
The Phenomenological Objection to Fictionalism
, STUART BROCK
the idea that, if error theory is true, we are better advised to go on as if (almost) nothing happened, rather than adopt some form of fictionalism
From Mathematical Fictionalism
to Truth-Theoretic Fictionalism
is such a prominent option in ontology, especially in the philosophy of mathematics (thanks to Hartry Field), it is astonishing that it gets no mention in this book, and that the book's unargued 'centerpiece' apparently flatly contradicts it.
The two most credible policy recommendations that might follow from moral error theory, abolitionism and prescriptive fictionalism
, are not very credible.
For it is also logically consistent with moral fictionalism
, whose most common version maintains that, because morality is useful in certain respects, we should continue to make moral utterances and have moral thoughts, while at the same time refraining from asserting such utterances and believing such thoughts.