"Revisiting the Heated-Disk World?
Lena Zuchowski (University of Salzburg)

part of: 2017 Salzburg-Irvine-Munich Workshop in Logic and Philosophy of Science: In the Sciences
March 3, 2017, 9:00am - 9:30am
Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine, CA/USA

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  • Department of Philosophy
  • School of Social Sciences

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During SIM2015, Zuchowski first presented a description of Poincare's heated-disk world thought experiment. Here, She will present an extension of this work: an interpretation of the thought experiment as an illustration of Poincare's conventionalism about space. Zuchowski will argue that Poincare's geometrical conventionalism as reconstructed from the heated-disk world thought experiment places less emphasis on a free choice between geometries than is traditionally assumed. Instead, it appears to constitute a warning against epistemic complacency about the perceptual accessibility of the properties of space. 

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