Conventionalism about what? Where Duhem and Poincaré part ways

Ivanova, Milena (2015) Conventionalism about what? Where Duhem and Poincaré part ways. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 54 80-89. doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2015.09.004


Author Ivanova, Milena
Title Conventionalism about what? Where Duhem and Poincaré part ways
Journal name Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-3681
1879-2510
Publication date 2015-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2015.09.004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 54
Start page 80
End page 89
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines whether, and in what contexts, Duhem's and Poincaré's views can be regarded as conventionalist or structural realist. After analysing the three different contexts in which conventionalism is attributed to them—in the context of the aim of science, the underdetermination problem and the epistemological status of certain principles—I show that neither Duhem's nor Poincaré's arguments can be regarded as conventionalist. I argue that Duhem and Poincaré offer different solutions to the problem of theory choice, differ in their stances towards scientific knowledge and the status of scientific principles, making their epistemological claims substantially different.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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