The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

Poincaré, Philosopher of Science

Problems and Perspectives

Editors: de Paz, María, DiSalle, Robert (Eds.)

  • Brings together an international group of scholars with new assessments of Henri Poincaré's philosophy of science
  • Presents a selection of papers from the Poincaré Project of the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon
  • Illuminates Poincaré’s place within his own historical context as well as the implications of his work for ours
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This volume presents a selection of papers from the Poincaré Project of the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon, bringing together an international group of scholars with new assessments of Henri Poincaré's philosophy of science—both its historical impact on the foundations of science and mathematics, and its relevance to contemporary philosophical inquiry. The work of Poincaré (1854-1912) extends over many fields within mathematics and mathematical physics. But his scientific work was inseparable from his groundbreaking philosophical reflections, and the scientific ferment in which he participated was inseparable from the philosophical controversies in which he played a pre-eminent part. The subsequent history of the mathematical sciences was profoundly influenced by Poincaré’s philosophical analyses of the relations between and among mathematics, logic, and physics, and, more generally, the relations between formal structures and the world of experience. The papers in this collection illuminate Poincaré’s place within his own historical context as well as the implications of his work for ours.

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“This new volume, part of ‘The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science,’ is a collection of ten papers on the contributions of Poincaré (1854–1912) to the foundation of mathematics and science. … These papers provide an excellent window into that formative period and Poincaré’s interaction with and influence on other intellectual contemporaries. They also provide an intellectual and philosophical context for his contributions to modern science. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty.” (R. L. Pour, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)

“The text under review is a three-part collection of papers. These papers clearly illustrate the breadth and depth of Poincaré’s intellectual activities. ... each of the papers offers a number of interesting and speculative considerations regarding Poincaré’s thought. ... the book is well worth consulting for anyone interested in some aspects of the latest research and analysis of the thought of Henri Poincaré.” (Richard Feist, Metascience, Vol. 24, 2015)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Portrait of Henri Poincaré as a Young Philosopher: The Formative Years (1860–1873)

    Rollet, Laurent

    Pages 3-23

  • Poincaré and the Invention of Convention

    Folina, Janet

    Pages 25-45

  • The Third Way Epistemology: A Re-characterization of Poincaré’s Conventionalism

    Paz, María

    Pages 47-65

  • Poincaré, Indifferent Hypotheses and Metaphysics

    Videira, Antonio A. P.

    Pages 67-79

  • Poincaré in Göttingen

    Kahle, Reinhard

    Pages 83-99

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8780-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8779-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0002-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Poincaré, Philosopher of Science
Book Subtitle
Problems and Perspectives
Editors
  • María de Paz
  • Robert DiSalle
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
79
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8780-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8780-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8779-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0002-1
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 191
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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