Dynamical Systems Theory and Explanatory Indispensability. Saatsi, J. *Philosophy of Science*, 84(5):892–904, December, 2017. Paper doi abstract bibtex I examine explanations' realist commitments in relation to dynamical systems theory. First I rebut an 'explanatory indispensability argument' for mathematical realism from the explanatory power of phase spaces. Then I critically consider a possible way of strengthening the indispensability argument by reference to attractors in dynamical systems theory. The take-home message is that understanding of the modal character of explanations (in dynamical systems theory) can undermine Platonist arguments from explanatory indispensability.

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