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Transcendental‐Phenomenological Idealism

Thomas Ryckman

in The Reign of Relativity

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177176
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835324 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177177.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Transcendental‐Phenomenological Idealism

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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

Chapter.  18978 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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