Common space and geometrical space in Poincaré’s philosophy

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    • Pages : 139 à 146
    • Consulter le volume original
    • Support : Print
    • Format : 24 cm.
    • Langues : Anglais
    • Édition : Original
    • ISBN : 978-83-61231-20-2
    • Date de création : 04-01-2011
    • Dernière mise à jour : 24-02-2015



    Is there a place in Poincaré’s philosophy for common space, that is the space which corresponds to non mathematical spatial notions ? The aim of this article is to show that a positive answer can be given to that question. In at least two texts, Poincaré speaks about a «rough space» which must be distinguished from sensible space and from geometrical space. This paper tries to show that such a space corresponds to common space and that it plays a role, sometimes implicit, in the way Poincaré conceives the construction of the mathematical notion of space out of the sensible space : hence the construction of rough space appears as a step in the construction of geometrical space.