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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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the received wisdom

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

What the majority believe and act upon. The term was coined by the American economist John Kenneth Galbraith in The Affluent Society (1958), in which he so described economic views that are familiar, predictable, and therefore generally accepted. It was soon transferred to other areas in which public opinion plays an important role in influencing events. It has just about replaced the now virtually obsolete cliché, climate of opinion.
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Although it could be argued that Funke's RWA Scale that I utilized in Study 2 is a less ideal operationalization of authoritarian aggression, authoritarian submission, and conventionalism than is the case with other more recently developed instruments, such as that of Duckitt et al., to do so would require some direct comparative evidence along the lines of that presented by Van Hiel et al.
The axiology of this research program rejects the legal conventionalism and the pragmatism and adds a third critical possibility, beyond the rules and personal criterions; or, in other terms, rejects the individualism and the legal comunitarism.
Most competing narratives to promissory theory are labeled as "conventionalism." There is broad unanimity among scholars that the use of the words "I promise" requires linguistic conventions.
The thesis of definitional conventionalism, that mathematical truths are logical consequences of definitions, amounts to the claim that mathematical truths are logical truths.
I'm not at all convinced that what we're looking at in regard to Buddhism, especially Madhyamaka, is a kind of Wittgensteinian conventionalism where "everything remains the same" after metaphysical deflation.
These include: dualism versus Babylonian thought; organic versus atomistic; mathematical and ordinary logic; conventionalism; event regularities; 'situated rationality'; aleatory and epistemic uncertainty; and subjective and objective uncertainty.
(2) Conventionalism is highest in Slovakia and lowest in the Czech Republic.
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But nobody wanted to try." So she settled for mastering the art of "desexualized pedagogical friendship." This is all more poignant and less arrogant than it seems, as anyone who has fled from the backwaters of American "common sense" conventionalism to a hub of cosmopolitan intellectualism (New York and Paris were her mainstays) is weil aware.
of Antwerp, Belgium), this volume explores normativity in law as it is approached from three particularly influential strands of legal thought: the theory of planning agency, legal conventionalism, and the constitutivist approach.
Ben-Menahem argues that Quine despairs of the possibility of grounding logical truth in a finite number of explicit conventions, (4) associates realism with the grammar of "true," construes conventionalism as sanctioning the stipulation of truth, describes the notion of truth by convention as itself a metaphor, draws attention to the interplay between the conceptual and the empirical, clarifies the desirability of organizing schemata around material appearances of terms, and wields his regression argument to challenge the conventionalist account qua explanation of logic.
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Taken as a whole, the essays offer a coherent philosophy centered on de Jasay's overriding conventionalism. A convention, as David Hume wrote in his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (and de Jasay endorses Hume enthusiastically and frequently), is "a sense of common interest; which sense each man feels in his own breast, which he remarks in his fellows, and which carries him, in concurrence with others into a general plan or system of actions, which tends to public utility." It is from these conventions, de Jasay argues, that justice and law emerge--and it is these conventions that organize and stabilize society.
This inclination is further strengthened by the extremely useful excursus on the form of philosophical literature (sutra, vrtti, varttika, bhasya, and the "metaphysics" of commentary), logic (inductive vs deductive), epistemic validity (svatah-and paratah-prCuptinya, error, khytitis), linguistic speculations (conventionalism, word denotation, sentence meaning, ilibdabodhu, abhihitanvaya vs.