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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.
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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.

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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Typical conventionalist contract theory reverses the promissory picture.
Popper, when he wrote The Logic of Scientific Discovery, was well-aware of the point made by Pierre Duhem, and by other conventionalists, that it was possible to preserve any particular claim which was prima facie refutable, in the face of a "refutation," by modifying some other aspect of one's theoretical system.
Hoebel's conventionalist approach recognizes that rights are jural matters and are therefore embedded in a human social context.
The rhetoric of adoption that appears in these letters concerning the children is of particular interest insofar as it can be treated as the corollary of a conventionalist representation of the family.
On the other hand, he wants to avoid the extreme conventionalist view which would reduce the world to 'a cemetery of inert counters, lifeless, cheerless, and dull' (p.
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.
Instead, at this point, he followed the conventionalist position (especially that of Henri Poincare) according to which axioms can only be obtained on the basis of assumptions (cf.
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.
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.
In conventionalist terms, this history illustrates two technologies--one medical and one social--co-evolving.
Cane's designation of a quintessentially non-naturalistic moral theory as naturalistic is apparently based on the false assumption that, if a moral theory is not conventionalist, it is naturalistic.
He begins by interrogating Hermogenes, exposing weaknesses and explanatory gaps in the conventionalist position from the point of view of the natural nomenclaturist.
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.