Husserl and Weyl
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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