Poincaré’s aesthetics of science

Ivanova, Milena (2016) Poincaré’s aesthetics of science. Synthese, . doi:10.1007/s11229-016-1069-1

Author Ivanova, Milena
Title Poincaré’s aesthetics of science
Journal name Synthese   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-7857
Publication date 2016-03-16
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-016-1069-1
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 14
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This paper offers a systematic analysis of Poincaré’s understanding of beauty in science. In particular, the paper examines the epistemic significance Poincaré attributes to aesthetic judgement by reconstructing and analysing his arguments on simplicity and unity in science. I offer a consistent reconstruction of Poincaré’s account and show that for Poincaré simplicity and unity are regulative principles, linked to the aim of science—that of achieving understanding of how phenomena relate. I show how Poincaré’s account of beauty in science can be incorporated within his wider philosophy of science.
Keyword Aesthetic values
Henri Poincaré
Scientific realism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online 16 March 2016

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