An Analysis and Evaluation of Henri Poincare's Cosmology, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
Date of Award
Dissertation - Restricted
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Francis J. Collingwood
In this dissertation, it is Poincare's philosophical works that will be taken into consideration. As he is known in mathematics primarily for his work in non-Euclidean geometry, he is known in philosophy for his development of what he called "conventionalism." Conventionalism, however, is only part of Poincare's philosophy. It is a philosophical attitude that shapes, if you will, the various areas of philosophical inquiry that he developed in his works. Analyzing and evaluating conventionalism and the other aspects of his philosophy is the purpose of this present work. What this purpose specifically is will now be explained.