Science and Convention

Science and Convention

Essays on Henri Poincaré's Philosophy of Science and the Conventionalist Tradition

1st Edition - January 1, 1982

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  • Author: Jerzy Giedymin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483147055

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Science and Convention: Essays on Henri Poincare's Philosophy of Science and The Conventionalist Tradition contains essays concerned with Henri Poincare's philosophy of science, physics in particular, and with the conventionalist tradition in philosophy that he revived and reshaped, simultaneously with, but independently of, Pierre Duhem. Separating five essays as chapters, the book discusses the main ideas of the philosophy (Essays 1 and 5), traces at least some of its historical background (Essays 1, 2, and 3), and provides some of its developments (Essays 2 and 4).

Table of Contents

  • 1. On the Origin and Significance of Poincaré's Conventionalism

    2. The Physics of the Principles and its Philosophy: Hamilton, Poincaré and Ramsey

    3. Duhem's Instrumentalism and its Critique: A Reappraisal

    4. Radical Conventionalism, its Background and Evolution: Poincaré, LeRoy and Ajdukiewicz

    5. Poincaré and the Discovery of Special Relativity

    Appendix: Logical Comparability and Conceptual Disparity between Newtonian and Relativistic Mechanics


    Name Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 248
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1982
  • Published: January 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483147055

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Jerzy Giedymin

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Mario Bunge

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