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Conventionalism (Hardcover)

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The daring idea that convention - human decision - lies at the root both of necessary truths and much of empirical science reverberates through twentieth-century philosophy, constituting a revolution comparable to Kant's Copernican revolution. This is the first comprehensive study of Conventionalism. Drawing a distinction between two conventionalist theses, the under-determination of science by empirical fact, and the linguistic account of necessity, Yemima Ben-Menahem traces the evolution of both ideas to their origins in Poincar� geometric conventionalism. She argues that the radical extrapolations of Poincar� ideas by later thinkers, including Wittgenstein, Quine, and Carnap, eventually led to the decline of conventionalism. This book provides a new perspective on twentieth-century philosophy. Many of the major themes of contemporary philosophy emerge in this book as arising from engagement with the challenge of conventionalism.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521826198
SKU 202438414
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521826195
Release Date 5/29/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0330
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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