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    Convention: Poincaré and Some of His Critics.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2001 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (3):471-513.
    This paper offers an interpretation of Poincaré's conventionalism, distinguishing it from the Duhem–Quine thesis, on the one hand, and, on the other, from the logical positivist understanding of conventionalism as a general account of necessary truth. It also confronts Poincaré's conventionalism with some counter-arguments that have been influential: Einstein's (general) relativistic argument, and the linguistic rejoinders of Quine and Davidson. In the first section, the distinct roles played by the inter-translatability of different geometries, the inaccessibility of space to direct observation, (...)
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  2. The Inference to the Best Explanation.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1990 - Erkenntnis 33 (3):319-44.
    In a situation in which several explanations compete, is the one that is better qua explanation also the one we should regard as the more likely to be true? Realists usually answer in the affirmative. They then go on to argue that since realism provides the best explanation for the success of science, realism can be inferred to. Nonrealists, on the other hand, answer the above question in the negative, thereby renouncing the inference to realism. In this paper I separate (...)
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  3. Conventionalism.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 (...)
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    Black, White and Gray: Quine on Convention.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2005 - Synthese 146 (3):245-282.
    This paper examines Quine’s web of belief metaphor and its role in his various responses to conventionalism. Distinguishing between two versions of conventionalism, one based on the under-determination of theory, the other associated with a linguistic account of necessary truth, I show how Quine plays the two versions of conventionalism against each other. Some of Quine’s reservations about conventionalism are traced back to his 1934 lectures on Carnap. Although these lectures appear to endorse Carnap’s conventionalism, in exposing Carnap’s failure to (...)
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    Historical Contingency.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1997 - Ratio 10 (2):99–107.
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    Equivalent Descriptions.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1990 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (2):261-279.
  7. Dummett Vs Bell on Quantum Mechanics.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 28 (2):277-290.
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    Nonlocality and the Epistemic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.Yemima Ben-Menahem - unknown
    According to the current epistemic interpretation of quantum probabilities, the quantum correlations manifesting nonlocality can be derived from purely probabilistic and information-theoretic constraints. As such, they do not constitute a spacetime phenomenon and cannot lead to conflict between QM and any spatial-temporal constraints. This paper compares recent epistemic interpretations with earlier probabilistic interpretations, noting their merits as well as the difficulties they encounter. In particular, the implications of the recent PBR theorem are examined. While generally seen as undermining the epistemic (...)
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    Poincaré’s Impact on Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2016 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 6 (2):257-273.
    Poincaré’s conventionalism has thoroughly transformed both the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mathematics. In the former it gave rise to new insights into the complexities of scientific method, in the latter to a new account of the nature of (so-called) necessary truth. Not only proponents of conventionalism, such as the logical positivists, were influenced by Poincaré, but also outspoken critics of conventionalism, such as Quine, Putnam, and (as I will argue) Wittgenstein, were deeply inspired by conventionalist ideas. Indeed, (...)
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    Explanation and Description: Wittgenstein on Convention.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1998 - Synthese 115 (1):99-130.
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    If Counterfactuals Were Excluded From Historical Reasoning..Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2016 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 10 (3):370-381.
    _ Source: _Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 370 - 381 The argument of this paper is that counterfactuals are indispensable in reasoning in general and historical reasoning in particular. It illustrates the role of counterfactuals in the study of history and explores the connection between counterfactuals and the notions of historical necessity and contingency. Entertaining alternatives to the actual course of events is conducive to the assessment of the relative weight and impact of the various factors that combine to bring (...)
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    Models of Science: Fictions or Idealizations?Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1988 - Science in Context 2 (1).
  13. Hilary Putnam.Yemima Ben-Menahem (ed.) - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
    The richness of Putnam's philosophical oeuvre consists not only in the broad spectrum of problems addressed, but also in the transformations and restructuring his positions have undergone over the years. The essays collected in this volume are sensitive to both these dimensions. They discuss Putnam's major philosophical contributions to the theory of meaning, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of science and mathematics, and moral theory. But, in addition, tracing threads of change and continuity, they analyze the dynamics underlying the (...)
     
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    Free Will and Foreknowledge: A Fresh Approach to a Classic Problem.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1988 - Philosophical Quarterly 38 (153):486-490.
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    Struggling with Causality: Einstein's Case.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1993 - Science in Context 6 (1).
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  16. Putnam on Skepticism.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2005 - In Hilary Putnam. Cambridge University Press. pp. 125--55.
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    Locality and Determinism: The Odd Couple.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2012 - In Yemima Ben-Menahem & Meir Hemmo (eds.), Probability in Physics. Springer. pp. 149--165.
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    Newcomb's Paradox and Compatibilism.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1986 - Erkenntnis 25 (2):197 - 220.
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    Law and Science — Reflections.Hanina Ben-Menahem & Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1999 - Science in Context 12 (1):227.
    This paper construes various positions in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of law as responses to the problem of underdetermination in science and in law. We begin by drawing a close analogy between the successive approaches to this problem in the two fields. In particular, we stress the analogy between conventionalism as a philosophy of science and legal realism as a philosophy of law, and between Putnam's and Dworkin's critiques of these positions. We then challenge the Putnam-Dworkin strategy, (...)
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    Poincare's Impact on 20th Century Philosophy of Science.Yemima Ben-Menahem - unknown
    Poincaré’s conventionalism has thoroughly transformed both the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mathematics. Not only proponents of conventionalism, such as the logical positivists, were influenced by Poincaré, but also outspoken critics of conventionalism, such as Quine and Putnam, were inspired by his daring position. Indeed, during the twentieth century, most philosophers of mathematics and of science engaged in dialogue with conventionalism. As is often the case with such complex clusters of ideas, there is no consensus about the meaning (...)
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    Pragmatism and Revisionism: James's Conception of Truth.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1995 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 3 (2):270 – 289.
    Abstract The paper argues that James's conception of truth is non?revisionist, that is, it sanctions common use of the notion of truth, but criticizes foundation?alist philosophical accounts of that notion. This interpretation conflicts with traditional interpretations of James such as Russell's and Moore's, and contemporary interpretations such as Dummett's, all of which are revisionist. To the extent that objections raised against James's pragmatism depend on such revisionist reading, this paper constitutes a defence of James. The paper argues, further, that non?revisionism (...)
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    Quantum Theory and the Flight From Realism.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33 (3):587-591.
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    Models of Critique: Introduction.Yemima Ben-Menahem & Adi Ophir - 1997 - Science in Context 10 (1).
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    Introduction.Yemima Ben-Menahem & Itamar Pitowsky - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 32 (4):503-510.
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    Direction and Description.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 32 (4):621-635.
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    Dummett Vs Bell on Quantum Mechanics.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 28 (2):277-290.
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    Schrodinger's Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics by Michel Bitbol. [REVIEW]Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2000 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 91:187-188.
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  28. Conventionalism: From Poincare to Quine.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 book provides a 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 Poincaré's geometric conventionalism. She argues that the (...)
     
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  29. Conventionalism: From Poincare to Quine.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2012 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 book provides a 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 Poincaré's geometric conventionalism. She argues that the (...)
     
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  30. Free Creations of the Human Mind.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2007 - Iyyun 56:141.
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    Hilary Putnam (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus).Yemima Ben-Menahem (ed.) - 2005 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    The essays in this volume discuss Putnam's major philosophical contributions.
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  32. 7 Psychologism and Meaning.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1998 - In Anat Biletzki & Anat Matar (eds.), The Story of Analytic Philosophy: Plot and Heroes. Routledge. pp. 123.
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    Probability in Physics.Yemima Ben-Menahem & Meir Hemmo (eds.) - 2012 - Springer.
    Emch, G.G., Liu, C.: The Logic of Thermostatistical Physics. Springer, Berlin/ Heidelberg (2002) 11. Frigg, R., Werndl, C.: Entropy – a guide for the perplexed. Forthcoming in: Beisbart, C., Hartmann, S. (eds.) Probabilities in Physics. Oxford  ...
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  34. Symmetry and Causation.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2012 - Iyyun 61:193-218.
     
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  35. Schrodinger's Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics. Michel Bitbol.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 2000 - Isis 91 (1):187-188.
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  36. Struggling with Causality: Schrödinger's Case.Yemima Ben-Menahem - 1989 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 20 (3):307.
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