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date: 24 February 2024

convention. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Author(s):
C. A. J. CoadyC. A. J. Coady

This is usually understood as involving some form of human agreement (either explicit or, more interestingly, implicit) to facilitate a common end. The topic is intriguing in itself and important for its wider philosophical relevance. One of the deepest issues in metaphysics is that of the degree to which ‘our’ agreements determine how ‘the world’ of fact, science, or value is. Here, the idea of convention has been used to analyse mathematical truth and moral fact as basically matters of communally agreed decision. Likewise, some have seen ... ...

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