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The Reign of Relativity
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The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics 1915-1925

Thomas Ryckman

Abstract

The general theory of relativity (1915) was also a defining event for 20th century philosophy of science. During the decisive first ten years of the theory’s existence, two main tendencies dominated its philosophical reception. It is argued that the path actually taken, which became logical empiricist philosophy of science, greatly contributed to the current impasse over scientific realism. On the other hand, new possibilities are opened in revisiting and reviving the spirit of a more sophisticated tendency, here broadly termed ‘transcendental idealism,’ a cluster of viewpoints principally ass ... More

Keywords: general theory of relativity, logical empiricism, scientific realism, transcendental idealism, Ernst Cassirer, Hermann Weyl, Arthur Eddington, Edmund Husserl, Albert Einstein, structural realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195177177.001.0001

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Thomas Ryckman, author

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