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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

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

Thomas Ryckman

Oxford University Press

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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