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The Reign of RelativityPhilosophy in Physics 1915-1925$
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Thomas Ryckman

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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Transcendental‐Phenomenological Idealism

Transcendental‐Phenomenological Idealism

Husserl and Weyl

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(p.108) Transcendental‐Phenomenological Idealism
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The Reign of Relativity
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Thomas Ryckman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195177177.003.0005

Weyl’s major contributions in the spring of 1918 to the general theory of relativity and to constructive analysis reveal the influence of Husserl’s transcendental-phenomenological idealism. The known personal contacts of Weyl and Husserl are summarized, and Husserl’s development of a distinctively transcendental approach to phenomenology is traced. A synopsis is given of the salient methodological aspects of Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology in evidence in Weyl’s “pure infinitesimal geometry”, and in its use as a framework “world geometry” for gravitation and electromagnetism.

Keywords:   Hermann Weyl, general theory of relativity, constructive analysis, Edmund Husserl, transcendental phenomenological idealism, pure infinitesimal geometry, world geometry, gravitation, electromagnetism

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