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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 corresponding to Kant's Copernican revolution. This 2006 booklet presents a finished research of Conventionalism. Drawing a contrast among conventionalist theses, the under-determination of technological know-how by means of empirical truth, and the linguistic account of necessity, Yemima Ben-Menahem strains 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, ultimately ended in the decline of conventionalism. This publication presents a clean standpoint on twentieth-century philosophy. the various significant topics of latest philosophy emerge during this ebook as coming up from engagement with the problem of conventionalism.

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