Poincaré's Philosophy: From Conventionalism to Phenomenology

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Open Court Publishing, 2001 - Philosophy - 264 pages
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Henri Poincare (1854-1912) was one of the greatest mathematicians and philosophers of all time. He founded topology and made important contributions to theoretical physics. Yet despite his numerous achievements Poincare never constructed a systematic philosophy. In this book, Elie Zahar presents Poincare's work for the first time as a unified system of thought.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Poincares General Philosophy of Science
7
of Discovery
37
Poincares Philosophy of Geometry
65
Poincares Relativity Programme
107
J The Foundations of Mathematics according
137
Formalism Intentionality or Platonism?
201
Appendixes
223
Ramseyfication and Structural Realism
236
Bibliography
253
Index
259
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