Inconsistency in Mathematics and Inconsistency in Chemistry

  • Michèle Friend George Washington University, Washington D.C., U.S.
Keywords: inconsistencies, mathematics, chemistry


In this paper, I compare how it is that inconsistencies are handled in mathematics to how they are handled in chemistry. In mathematics, they are very precisely formulated and identified, unlike in chemistry. So the chemists can learn from the precision and the very well-worked out strategies developed by logicians and deployed by mathematicians to cope with inconsistency. Some lessons can also be learned by the mathematicians from the chemists. Mathematicians tend to be intolerant towards inconsistencies. There are some philosophers of chemistry who attribute to chemists, collectively, a more tolerant attitude towards inconsistency, and so, mathematicians can learn from the chemists’ attitude to inform their choice of strategies.

How to Cite
Friend, M. (2018). Inconsistency in Mathematics and Inconsistency in Chemistry. HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, 10(32), 31-51. Retrieved from