Conventionalism, structuralism and neo-Kantianism in Poincaré's philosophy of science

Ivanova, Milena (2015) Conventionalism, structuralism and neo-Kantianism in Poincaré's philosophy of science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 52 B 114-122. doi:10.1016/j.shpsb.2015.03.003


Author Ivanova, Milena
Title Conventionalism, structuralism and neo-Kantianism in Poincaré's philosophy of science
Journal name Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1355-2198
1879-2502
Publication date 2015-11
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2015.03.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 52 B
Start page 114
End page 122
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chicago, IL United States
Publisher American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Poincaré is well known for his conventionalism and structuralism. However, the relationship between these two theses and their place in Poincaré׳s epistemology of science remain puzzling. In this paper I show the scope of Poincaré׳s conventionalism and its position in Poincaré׳s hierarchical approach to scientific theories. I argue that for Poincaré scientific knowledge is relational and made possible by synthetic a priori, empirical and conventional elements, which, however, are not chosen arbitrarily. By examining his geometric conventionalism, his hierarchical account of science and defence of continuity in theory change, I argue that Poincaré defends a complex structuralist position based on synthetic a priori and conventional elements, the mind-dependence of which precludes epistemic access to mind-independent structures.
Keyword Conventionalism
Henri Poincaré
Neo-Kantianism
Structural realism
Synthetic a priori
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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