Conventionalism: From Poincare to Quine by Yemima Ben-Menahem

By Yemima Ben-Menahem

The bold concept that conference - human determination - lies on the root either one of helpful truths and masses of empirical technological know-how reverberates via twentieth-century philosophy, constituting a revolution similar to Kant's Copernican revolution. This 2006 e-book offers a complete examine of Conventionalism. Drawing a contrast among conventionalist theses, the under-determination of technology by way of empirical truth, and the linguistic account of necessity, Yemima Ben-Menahem lines the evolution of either rules to their origins in Poincaré's geometric conventionalism. She argues that the unconventional extrapolations of Poincaré's principles through later thinkers, together with Wittgenstein, Quine, and Carnap, finally resulted in the decline of conventionalism. This e-book presents a clean standpoint on twentieth-century philosophy. a number of the significant issues of latest philosophy emerge during this ebook as bobbing up from engagement with the problem of conventionalism.

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