Spacetime and Electromagnetism: An Essay on the Philosophy of the Special Theory of Relativity
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (1990)
That space and time should be integrated into a single entity, spacetime, is the great insight of Einstein's special theory of relativity, and leads us to regard spacetime as a fundamental context in which to make sense of the world around us. But it is not the only one. Causality is equally important and at least as far as the special theory goes, it cannot be subsumed under a fundamentally geometrical form of explanation. In fact, the agent of propagation of causal influence is electromagnetic radiation. In this examination, the authors find support for a rationalist approach to physics, never neglecting experimentation, but rejecting a simple empiricist or positivist view of science.
|Keywords||Special relativity (Physics Electromagnetism Space and time Causality (Physics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$1.23 used (97% off) $36.15 new Amazon page|
|Call number||QC173.65.L83 1990|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Peter Hayes (2009). The Ideology of Relativity: The Case of the Clock Paradox. Social Epistemology 23 (1):57-78.
Rom Harré (1991). Some Reflections on the Individuation of Events. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 5 (1):49 – 63.
Marco Mamone Capria (2011). Spatial Directions, Anisotropy and Special Relativity. Foundations of Physics 41 (8):1375-1397.
Rom Harré (1991). Some Reflections on the Individuation of Events. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 5 (1):49-63.
Similar books and articles
Amit Hagar (2008). Length Matters: The Einstein–Swann Correspondence and the Constructive Approach to the Special Theory of Relativity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 (3):532-556.
Albert Shadowitz (1968). Special Relativity. Philadelphia, Saunders Co..
Jill North (2009). The “Structure” of Physics. Journal of Philosophy 106 (2):57-88.
Nicholas Maxwell (1988). Are Probabilism and Special Relativity Compatible? Philosophy of Science 55 (4):640-645.
Robert DiSalle (1992). Einstein, Newton and the Empirical Foundations of Space Time Geometry. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 6 (3):181 – 189.
John Norton, Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and the Problems in the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies That Led Him to It.
Max Born (1965). Einstein's Theory of Relativity. New York, Dover Publications.
Mario Bacelar Valente, Did the Concepts of Space and Time Change That Much with the 1905 Theory of Relativity?
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2009-01-28
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?