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 transcendental idealist underpinnings of the geometrized field physics proposed by Hermann Weyl and by Arthur Eddington remained largely unrecognized. Èmile Meyerson was a notable exception. It is argued that Meyerson came closest to comprehending the epistemological motivations of Weyl and Eddington yet was hindered by his failure to understand how transcendental idealism could be supported in the absence of a literal interpretation of the Transcendental Aesthetic. While geometrical unification in physics ostensibly supports a structural realism, the theories of Weyl and Eddington, to the contrary, are explicit attempts to show how the concept of physical object has been transformed within the general theory of relativity.

Keywords: transcendental idealism; geometrized field physics; Hermann Weyl; Arthur Eddington; Èmile Meyerson; Transcendental Aesthetic; structural realism; general theory of relativity

Chapter.  4114 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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