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the conventional wisdom

Common knowledge that is held to be true, but may not be. The conventional wisdom says to feed a cold and starve a fever, but that doesn't reflect current medical practice.
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conventional wisdom

A widely held belief on which most people act. For example, According to conventional wisdom, an incumbent nearly always wins more votes than a new candidate . This term was invented by John Kenneth Galbraith, who used it in The Affluent Society (1958) to describe economic ideas that are familiar, predictable, and therefore accepted by the general public. Today it is used in any context where public opinion has considerable influence on the course of events.
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conventional/received ˈwisdom

the view or belief that most people have: Conventional wisdom has it that riots only ever happen in big cities.The term conventional wisdom was first used by the economist John Kenneth Galbraith in his book The Affluent Society.
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I would counter that by saying that my approach is only half conventionalist.
But even if it is, that should be cold comfort to the intuitionist, since the conventionalist can explain cross-cultural agreement without positing universals: she can say that cross-cultural similarities between norms are evidence of circumstantial similarities (and, of course, similarities between the convention-makers themselves).
First, contrary to the normative economic view, which postulates the superiority of informative advertising over persuasive advertising, the conventionalist approach argues that each format can be associated with its own world of production, quality standards and pricing tools.
A great deal of the culture of Campus Conventionalist logic is concerned with power.
Thus, there is a rule-utilitarian or a conventionalist basis for a universal prohibition of preventive intervention.
He claims that conventionalist sources of judicial decision-making, like precedent, are thicker than are the originalist sources where the documentary record is often thin and contested.
The conservatism of Fish's position is a specifically postmodern one, conventionalist and entirely rooted in his grasp of the cultural specificities of the academic world.
In conventionalist terms, this history illustrates two technologies--one medical and one social--co-evolving.
Defenders of the free society must finally choose between the contractualist and conventionalist denial of the Good and a more truthful and salutary concept of human freedom.
He shows that, although early analytic philosophy seemed to venture towards the acceptance of conventionalist theories of truth, in fact it has steadily veered away from such positions.
He begins by interrogating Hermogenes, exposing weaknesses and explanatory gaps in the conventionalist position from the point of view of the natural nomenclaturist.
This made Severiano Ballesteros look like a conventionalist.
This can be called the conventionalist justification for relying on the text.
are conventionalist or stress radical indeterminacy share a skeptical
Tjelrveit appeared to be offering a heavily conventionalist counterpoint to my moral objectivism.