### Abstract

We discuss the notion of truth in Mathematics as relative to certain structures, very much in line with Bernays’s conception of “bezogene Existenz”. Looking to some concrete examples, we argue that even so-called non-standard structures may have their own rationale. As a result, and in accordance with Bourbaki, structures turn out to be tools and have to be judged with respect to their usefulness rather than with respect to a concept of mathematical truth simpliciter.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Varieties of Scientific Realism |

Subtitle of host publication | Objectivity and Truth in Science |

Publisher | SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG |

Pages | 395-406 |

Number of pages | 12 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 978-331951608-0 |

ISBN (Print) | 978-331951607-3 |

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Publication status | Published - 1 Jan 2017 |

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Kahle, R. (2017). Mathematical truth revisited: Mathematics as a toolbox. In

*Varieties of Scientific Realism: Objectivity and Truth in Science*(pp. 395-406). SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51608-0_22