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Poincaré’s Aesthetics of Science

Ivanova, Milena (2016) Poincaré’s Aesthetics of Science. [Preprint]

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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.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Ivanova, Milenamail@milenaivanova.co.uk
Keywords: Aesthetic Values, Beauty, Scientific Realism, Structural Realism, Conventionalism, Theory Choice
Subjects: General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Milena Ivanova
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 12:34
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 12:34
Item ID: 11953
Subjects: General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11953

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