Poincare, Philosopher of Science: Problems and Perspectives
This volume grew out of the Project â€œPoincarÃ©, Philosopher of Scienceâ€1 of the Centro de Filosofia das CiÃªncias, the Center for the Philosophy of Science, at the University of Lisbon. Over several years, in various colloquia and conferences, PoincarÃ© scholars and philosophers of science from around Europe and the Americas joined with the PoincarÃ© Projectâ€™s members in Lisbon, to consider novel perspectives on all the facets of PoincarÃ©â€™s thought on the philosophy of mathematics and natural science and to try to find a coherent perspective on PoincarÃ©â€™s philosophy of science as a whole. This volume reflects the most important facets of PoincarÃ©â€™s contributions to the philosophy of science, by bringing together some characteristic papers from the PoincarÃ© Project. It is by no means a complete record of the work of the Project, nor can it claim to contain all of the most important papers that eventually emerged from it; many of these have been published in other venues and reached other audiences. The purpose of the volume is, rather, to exhibit the impact of the PoincarÃ© Project on contemporary interpretations of PoincarÃ©â€™s thought, through a broad sample of the innovative scholarship that the Project has fosteredâ€”and, even more, to exhibit the extraordinary breadth and depth of PoincarÃ©â€™s work in the foundations of mathematics and science and to encourage the growing interest in the philosophical importance of his work.
The editors would like to thank everyone who participated and assisted in the PoincarÃ© Project, in addition to those whose papers are collected here, but in particular Professor Augusto Franco de Oliveira, leader of the PoincarÃ© Project, and Olga Pombo, head of the Centro de Filosofia das CiÃªncias, for their inspiration and support.We would also like to thank Lucy Fleet of Springer for her untiring support of this volume.
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