Ramseyfication and structural realism

Elie G. ZAHAR

Abstract


The Ramsey-sentence H* of any hypothesis H is shown to be a synthetic proposition containing mathematics as a finite component. Far from being quasi-tautological, H* proves to have as much physical content as H itself.

Keywords


metaphysics, realism, structuralism, refutability, Ramsey-sentence, finite axiomatization.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.599