Thomas Ryckman

in The Reign of Relativity

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177176
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835324 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science


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The general theory of relativity (GTR) brought a revolutionary transformation in philosophical as well as physical outlook. The philosopher Mortiz Schick, student of Max Planck, played a pivotal role in fashioning the received view that GTR implied the untenability of any type of Kantian philosophy. Schlick’s assessment ignored the philosophically motivated contributions to GTR by Hermann Weyl and Arthur Eddington. Paul Dirac in 1931 recognized the significance of a new method of a priori mathematical speculation in theoretical physics, tying it to Eddington (and to Weyl).

Keywords: general theory of relativity; Moritz Schlick; Max Planck; Kantian philosophy; Hermann Weyl; Arthur Eddington; Paul Dirac; mathematical speculation; theoretical physics

Chapter.  5023 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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