Conventionalism: From Poincare to Quine

Cambridge University Press (2006)

Authors
Abstract
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 Poincare;'s geometric conventionalism. She argues that the radical extrapolations of Poincare;'s 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.
Keywords Convention (Philosophy History
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2011, 2012
Buy the book $39.58 used (62% off)   $85.86 new (17% off)   $85.95 direct from Amazon (17% off)    Amazon page
Call number B809.15.B46 2006
ISBN(s) 0521826195   9780521826198   9781107407312   9780511279904
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 39,545
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Was James Psychologistic?Alexander Klein - 2016 - Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 4 (5).
Implicit Definition and the Application of Logic.Thomas Kroedel - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 158 (1):131-148.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Wittgenstein and Strong Mathematical Verificationism.Cyrus Panjvani - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (224):406–425.
Y. Ben-Menahem, Conventionalism , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2006) ISBN 0521826195 X+330pp., US$80.00, Hardback. [REVIEW]Ioannis Votsis - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 (1):234-237.
Conventionalism and the Origins of the Inertial Frame Concept.Robert DiSalle - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:139 - 147.
Conventionalism, by Yemima Ben-Menahem.Mary Leng - 2009 - Mind 118 (472):1111-1115.
Conventionalism and Realism in Hans Reichenbach's Philosophy of Geometry.Carsten Klein - 2001 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 15 (3):243 – 251.
Convention: Poincaré and Some of His Critics.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2001 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (3):471-513.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
127 ( #54,239 of 2,325,366 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #409,683 of 2,325,366 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature