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    Talking at Cross-Purposes: How Einstein and the Logical Empiricists Never Agreed on What They Were Disagreeing About.Marco Giovanelli - 2013 - Synthese 190 (17):3819-3863.
    By inserting the dialogue between Einstein, Schlick and Reichenbach into a wider network of debates about the epistemology of geometry, this paper shows that not only did Einstein and Logical Empiricists come to disagree about the role, principled or provisional, played by rods and clocks in General Relativity, but also that in their lifelong interchange, they never clearly identified the problem they were discussing. Einstein’s reflections on geometry can be understood only in the context of his ”measuring rod objection” against (...)
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    Erich Kretschmann as a Proto-Logical-Empiricist: Adventures and Misadventures of the Point-Coincidence Argument.Marco Giovanelli - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (2):115-134.
    The present paper attempts to show that a 1915 article by Erich Kretschmann must be credited not only for being the source of Einstein's point-coincidence, but also for having anticipated the main lines of the logical-empiricist interpretation of general relativity. Whereas Kretschmann was inspired by the work of Mach and Poincaré, Einstein inserted Kretschmann's point-coincidence parlance into the context of Ricci and Levi-Civita's absolute differential calculus. Kretschmann himself realized this and turned the point-coincidence argument against Einstein in his second and (...)
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    ‘But One Must Not Legalize the Mentioned Sin’: Phenomenological Vs. Dynamical Treatments of Rods and Clocks in Einstein׳s Thought.Marco Giovanelli - 2014 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 48:20-44.
    The paper offers a historical overview of Einstein's oscillating attitude towards a "phenomenological" and "dynamical" treatment of rods and clocks in relativity theory. Contrary to what it has been usually claimed in recent literature, it is argued that this distinction should not be understood in the framework of opposition between principle and constructive theories. In particular Einstein does not seem to have plead for a "dynamical" explanation for the phenomenon rods contraction and clock dilation which was initially described only "kinematically". (...)
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    The Forgotten Tradition: How the Logical Empiricists Missed the Philosophical Significance of the Work of Riemann, Christoffel and Ricci.Marco Giovanelli - 2013 - Erkenntnis 78 (6):1219-1257.
    This paper attempts to show how the logical empiricists’ interpretation of the relation between geometry and reality emerges from a “collision” of mathematical traditions. Considering Riemann’s work as the initiator of a 19th century geometrical tradition, whose main protagonists were Helmholtz and Poincaré, the logical empiricists neglected the fact that Riemann’s revolutionary insight flourished instead in a non-geometrical tradition dominated by the works of Christoffel and Ricci-Curbastro roughly in the same years. I will argue that, in the attempt to interpret (...)
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    ‘‘... But I Still Can’T Get Rid of a Sense of Artificiality’: The Reichenbach-Einstein Debate on the Geometrization of the Electromagnetic Field.Marco Giovanelli - unknown
    This paper analyzes correspondence between Reichenbach and Einstein from the spring of 1926, concerning what it means to ‘geometrize’ a physical field. The content of a typewritten note that Reichenbach sent to Einstein on that occasion is reconstructed, showing that it was an early version of §49 of the untranslated Appendix to his Philosophie der Raum-Zeit-Lehre, on which Reichenbach was working at the time. This paper claims that the toy-geometrization of the electromagnetic field that Reichenbach presented in his note should (...)
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    Hermann Cohen’s Das Princip der Infinitesimal-Methode: The History of an Unsuccessful Book.Marco Giovanelli - unknown
    This paper offers an introduction to Hermann Cohen’s Das Princip der Infinitesimal-Methode, and recounts the history of its controversial reception by Cohen’s early sympathizers, who would become the so-called ‘Marburg school’ of Neo-Kantianism, as well as the reactions it provoked outside this group. By dissecting the ambiguous attitudes of the best-known representatives of the school, as well as those of several minor figures, this paper shows that Das Princip der Infinitesimal-Methode is a unicum in the history of philosophy: it represents (...)
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    Jimena Canales. The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time. Vii + 479 Pp., Bibl., Index. Princeton, N.J./Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015. $35. [REVIEW]Marco Giovanelli - 2017 - Isis 108 (3):732-733.
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    Leibniz Equivalence. On Leibniz's Influence on the Logical Empiricist Interpretation of General Relativity.Marco Giovanelli - unknown
    Einstein’s “point-coincidence argument'” as a response to the “hole argument” is usually considered as an expression of “Leibniz equivalence,” a restatement of indiscernibility in the sense of Leibniz. Through a historical-critical analysis of Logical Empiricists' interpretation of General Relativity, the paper attempts to show that this labeling is misleading. Logical Empiricists tried explicitly to understand the point-coincidence argument as an indiscernibility argument of the Leibnizian kind, such as those formulated in the 19th century debate about geometry, by authors such as (...)
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    Hermann Cohen's Das Princip der Infinitesimal-Methode: The History of an Unsuccessful Book.Marco Giovanelli - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 58:9-23.
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    The Sensation and the Stimulus: Psychophysics and the Prehistory of the Marburg School.Marco Giovanelli - 2017 - Perspectives on Science 25 (3):287-323.
    In 1912, Ernst Cassirer contributed to the special issue of the Kant-Studien that honored Hermann Cohen's retirement—his mentor and teacher, and the recognized founding father of the so-called 'Marburg school' of Neo-Kantianism. In the context of an otherwise rather conventional presentation of Cohen's interpretation of Kant, Cassirer made a remark that is initially surprising. It is “anything but accurate,” he wrote, to regard Cohen's philosophy as focused “exclusively on the mathematical theory of nature,” as is usually done. A reconstruction of (...)
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    Talking at Cross-Purposes. How Einstein and Logical Empiricists Never Agreed on What They Were Discussing About.Marco Giovanelli - unknown
    By inserting the dialogue between Einstein, Schlick and Reichenbach in a wider network of debates about the epistemology of geometry, the paper shows, that not only Einstein and Logical Empiricists came to disagree about the role, principled or provisional, played by rods and clocks in General Relativity, but they actually, in their life-long interchange, never clearly identified the problem they were discussing. Einstein’s reflections on geometry can be understood only in the context of his “measuring rod objection” against Weyl. Logical (...)
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    Leibniz, Kant und der moderne Symmetriebegriff.Marco Giovanelli - 2011 - Kant-Studien 102 (4):422-454.
    The paper analyses the significance of the modern concept of „symmetry“ for the understanding of the concept of „intuition“ in Kant's philosophy of geometry. A symmetry transformation or automorphism is a structure preserving mapping of the space into itself that leaves all relevant structure intact so that the result is always like the original, in all relevant respects. Hermann Weyl was the first to show that this idea can be drawn on Leibniz's definition of similarity: two figures are similar if (...)
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    Collision of Traditions. The Emergence of Logical Empiricism Between the Riemannian and Helmholtzian Traditions.Marco Giovanelli - forthcoming - .
    This paper attempts to explain the emergence of the logical empiricist philosophy of space and time as a collision of mathematical traditions. The historical development of the ``Riemannian'' and ``Helmholtzian'' traditions in 19th century mathematics is investigated. Whereas Helmholtz's insistence on rigid bodies in geometry was developed group theoretically by Lie and philosophically by Poincaré, Riemann's Habilitationsvotrag triggered Christoffel's and Lipschitz's work on quadratic differential forms, paving the way to Ricci's absolute differential calculus. The transition from special to general relativity (...)
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    Leibniz-Äquivalenz vs. Einstein-Äquivalenz. Was man von der Logisch-Empiristischen Interpretation des Punkt-Koinzidenz-Arguments lernen kann.Marco Giovanelli - 2013 - Philosophia Naturalis 50 (1):115-164.
    The discovery that Einstein's celebrated argument for general covariance, the 'point-coincidence argument ', was actually a response to the ' hole argument ' has generated an intense philosophical debate in the last thirty years. Even if the philosophical consequences of Einstein's argument turned out to be highly controversial, the protagonists of such a debate seem to agree on considering Einstein's argument as an expression of 'Leibniz equivalence', a modern version of Leibniz's celebrated indiscernibility arguments against Newton's absolute space. The paper (...)
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    Urbild Und Abbild. Leibniz, Kant Und Hausdorff Über Das Raumproblem.Marco Giovanelli - 2010 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 41 (2):283-313.
    The article attempts to reconsider the relationship between Leibniz’s and Kant’s philosophy of geometry on the one hand and the nineteenth century debate on the foundation of geometry on the other. The author argues that the examples used by Leibniz and Kant to explain the peculiarity of the geometrical way of thinking are actually special cases of what the Jewish-German mathematician Felix Hausdorff called “transformation principle”, the very same principle that thinkers such as Helmholtz or Poincaré applied in a more (...)
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    Matthias Neuber: Die Grenzen des Revisionismus: Schlick, Cassirer Und Das Raumproblem.Marco Giovanelli - 2014 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 45 (2):393-401.
    Matthias Neuber’s book represents an important contribution to the relatively young discipline of the History of Philosophy of Science. Starting roughly in the 1980s, increasing attention has been devoted not only to the relationship between philosophy and the history of science, but to an accurate historical reconstruction of earlier projects within philosophy of science. One of the most outstanding results of these investigations has probably been the radical reshaping of the rather caricatural image of logical empiricism—for better or worse the (...)
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    Kant, Helmholtz, Riemann und der Ursprung der geometrischen Axiome.Marco Giovanelli - 2008 - Philosophia Naturalis 45 (2):236-269.
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    Gradus realitatis – die intensive Größe bei Kant und im Neukantianismus.Marco Giovanelli - 2016 - In Thomas Leinkauf & Thomas Kisser (eds.), Intensität Und Realität: Systematische Analysen Zur Problemgeschichte von Gradualität, Intensität Und Quantitativer Differenz in Ontologie Und Metaphysik. De Gruyter. pp. 141-170.
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    August Stadler Interprete di Kant.Marco Giovanelli - 2003 - Guida.
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  20. Das Problem in ein Postulat verwandeln: Cassirer und Einsteins Unterscheidung von konstruktiven und Prinzipien-Theorien.Marco Giovanelli - 2015 - In Matthias Neuber (ed.), Husserl, Cassirer, Schlick - ’Wissenschaftliche Philosophie’ Im Spannungsfeld von Phã¤Nomenologie, Neukantianismus Und Logischem Empirismus. Springer.
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  21. Deutscher Und Russischer Neukantianismus: Von der Erkenntnislogik Zur Sozialpaedagogik.Marco Giovanelli - 2011 - Kã¶Nigshausen Und Neumann, 2010.
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  22. Grandezza intensiva e grandezza infinitesimale Hermann Cohen e il principio kantiano delle Anticipazioni della percezione.Marco Giovanelli - 2003 - 19:275--318.
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  23. Kants Grundsatz der ‘Antizipationen der Wahrnehmung’ und seine Bedeutung für die theoretische Philosophie des Marburger Neukantianismus”.Marco Giovanelli - 2007 - In Marion Heinz & Christian Krijnen (eds.), Kant Im Neukantianismus: Fortschritt Oder Rã¼Ckschritt? Kã¶Nigshausen Und Neumann.
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  24. La distinzione kantiana tra 'concetto' e 'intuizione' e il problema della realtà delle 'relazioni'.Marco Giovanelli - 2005 - 10:113--146.
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  25. Leibniz, Kant Und Hausdorff üBer Das Raumproblem.Marco Giovanelli - 2010 - 41:283--313.
  26. Otto Buek Und Michael Faradays Begriff der Materie.Marco Giovanelli - 2011 - In Deutscher Und Russischer Neukantianismus: Von der Erkenntnislogik Zur Sozialpaedagogik. Kã¶Nigshausen Und Neumann, 2010. pp. 334--343.
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  27. Reality and Negation - Kant's Principle of Anticipations of Perception.Marco Giovanelli - 2011 - Springer.
     
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  28. Von der Realopposition zum Unendlichkleinen. Betrachtungen über das Verhältnis von Negation und Realität bei Kant und in der nachkantischen Philosophie.Marco Giovanelli - 2008 - In Pierfrancesco Fiorato (ed.), Verneinung, Andersheit Und Unendlichkeit Im Neukantianismus. Kã¶Nigshausen Und Neumann. pp. 10--25.
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