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Poincaré's philosophy : from conventionalism to phenomenology

Author: Elie Zahar
Publisher: Chicago : Open Court, ©2001.
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Named Person: Henri Poincaré; Henri Poincaré; Henri Poincaré
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elie Zahar
ISBN: 081269435X 9780812694352
OCLC Number: 46565042
Description: viii, 264 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Poincare's General Philosophy of Science --
The Character of Physical Theory --
Unity versus Induction --
The Falsifiability of Scientific Laws --
Conventionalism and the Empiricist Meaning-Criterion --
Convenience, Non-Adhoc Explanations, and the Principle of Unity --
Adhocness and Parameter Adjustment --
The Problem of the Empirical Basis: Popper versus Poincare --
Refutation of the Psychologist Thesis --
Unmanageable Largism? --
Poincare's Structural Realism and his Logic of Discovery --
Realism and the Reality of Universals --
Interpretation versus Reduction: Duhem's and Poincare's Views about the Structure of Physical Theory --
Continuity of Sense or Continuity of Reference? --
The Structure of Poincare's Argument in Favour of Structural Realism --
Does Realism Have a Cognitive or Merely a Motivational Content? --
Poincare's Philosophy of Geometry --
Conventionalism and Geometry --
Poincare's Concept of Physical Geometry --
Poincare's Half-Plane and Trivial Semantic Conventionalism (TSC) --
Poincare's Disk Model --
The Unity of Poincare's Heuristic, or His Simultaneous Discovery of Fuchsian Functions and of Different Models for Hyperbolic Geometry --
Discovery or Invention of Universal Fields? --
Poincare's Relativity Programme --
First Steps towards Relativity --
Convention and Physical Fact --
An Outline of Poincare's Relativity Programme --
The Correspondence Principle --
The Regulative Role of Symmetry Principles --
The Reform of Electromagnetism --
Poincare's 4-Dimensional World --
A Synopsis of Poincare's Gravitational Theory.
Responsibility: Elie Zahar.

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