Hans Reichenbach's relativity of geometry

Synthese 34 (3):249 - 263 (1977)
Hans Reichenbach's 1928 thesis of the relativity of geometry has been misunderstood as the statement that the geometrical structure of space can be described in different languages. In this interpretation the thesis becomes an instance of trivial semantical conventionalism, as Grünbaum calls it. To understand Reichenbach correctly, we have to interpret it in the light of the linguistic turn, the transition from thought oriented philosophy to language oriented philosophy, which mainly took place in the first decades of our century. Reichenbach — as Poincaré before him — is undermining the prejudice of thought oriented philosophy, that two propositions have different factual content, if they are associated with different ideas in our mind. Thus Reichenbach prepared the change to language oriented philosophy, which he also accepted later.
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Hans Reichenbach (1951). The Rise of Scientific Philosophy. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Henri Poincaré (1952). Science and Method. New York]Dover Publications.
Richard Rorty (1967). The Linguistic Turn. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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