A Closer Look at the Problems

  • Michael Detlefsen
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 182)


In the previous chapter we presented what we take to be the most serious challenges to the program of the Hilbertian instrumentalist. In this chapter we shall seek both to deepen our understanding of and develop (at least in outline) a response to these challenges.


Ideal Method Concrete Object Logical Inference Spatiotemporal Object Ideal Proof 
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  1. 18.
    Somewhat later, Brouwer made essentially the same objection (cf. Brouwer [1912], p. 71).Google Scholar
  2. 20.
    An objection similar to our argument against P(2) may be found in Steiner [1975], p. 141).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Detlefsen
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Notre DameUSA

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