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Thomas Ryckman
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    The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics 1915-1925.Thomas Ryckman - 2004 - Oxford University Press.
    Universally recognized as bringing about a revolutionary transformation of the notions of space, time, and motion in physics, Einstein's theory of gravitation, known as "general relativity," was also a defining event for 20th century philosophy of science. During the decisive first ten years of the theory's existence, two main tendencies dominated its philosophical reception. This book is an extended argument that the path actually taken, which became logical empiricist philosophy of science, greatly contributed to the current impasse over realism, whereas (...)
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    Early Philosophical Interpretations of General Relativity.Thomas A. Ryckman - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Cassirer and Dirac on the Symbolic Method in Quantum Mechanics: A Confluence of Opposites.Thomas Ryckman - 2018 - Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 6 (3).
    Determinismus und Indeterminismus in der modernen Physik is one of Cassirer’s least known and studied works, despite his own assessment as “one of his most important achievements”. A prominent theme locates quantum mechanics as a yet further step of the tendency within physical theory towards the purely functional theory of the concept and functional characterization of objectivity. In this respect DI can be considered an “update”, like the earlier monograph Zur Einsteinschen Relativitätstheorie: Erkenntnistheoretische Betrachtungen, to Substanzbegriff und Funktionsbegriff, a seminal (...)
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  4. Einstein.Thomas Ryckman - 2017 - Routledge.
    Albert Einstein was the most influential physicist of the twentieth century. Less well-known is that fundamental philosophical problems, such as concept formation, the role of epistemology in developing and explaining the character of physical theories, and the debate between positivism and realism, played a central role in his thought as a whole. Thomas Ryckman shows that already at the beginning of his career, at a time when the twin pillars of classical physics, Newtonian mechanics and Maxwell’s electromagnetism, were known to (...)
     
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    Invariance Principles as Regulative Ideals: From Wigner to Hilbert: Thomas Ryckman.Thomas Ryckman - 2008 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 63:63-80.
    Eugene Wigner's several general discussions of symmetry and invariance principles are among the canonical texts of contemporary philosophy of physics. Wigner spoke from a position of authority, having pioneered for recognition of the importance of symmetry principles from nuclear to molecular physics. But perhaps recent commentators have not sufficiently stressed that Wigner always took care to situate the notion of invariance principles with respect to two others, initial conditions and laws of nature. Wigner's first such general consideration of invariance principles, (...)
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    Surplus Structure From the Standpoint of Transcendental Idealism: The "World Geometries" of Weyl and Eddington.Thomas A. Ryckman - 2003 - Perspectives on Science 11 (1):76-106.
  7. The "Relativized a Priori" : An Appreciation and a Critique.Thomas Ryckman - 2010 - In Michael Friedman, Mary Domski & Michael Dickson (eds.), Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science. Open Court.
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    What Does History Matter to Philosophy of Physics?Thomas Ryckman - 2011 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (3):496-512.
    Naturalized metaphysics remains a default presupposition of much contemporary philosophy of physics. As metaphysics is supposed to be about the general structure of reality, so a naturalized metaphysics draws upon our best physical theories: Assuming the truth of such a theory, it attempts to answer the “foundational question par excellence “, “how could the world possibly be the way this theory says it is?“ It is argued that attention to historical detail in the development and formulation of physical theories serves (...)
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    Burge and the Hierarchy.Herbert Heidelberger & Thomas C. Ryckman - 1981 - Critica 13 (39):83-85.
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    Belief, Linguistic Behavior, and Propositional Content.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1986 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 47 (2):277-287.
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    Designation and Convention: A Chapter of Early Logical Empiricism.Thomas A. Ryckman - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:149 - 157.
    An examination of Carnap's Aufbau in the context of Schlick's Allgemeine Erkenntnislehre of ten years earlier, suggests that Carnap's focus there on the sign-relation (Zeichenbeziehung) is an effort to retrieve a verificationist account of the meaning of individual scientific statements from the abyss of meaning-holism entailed by Schlick's proposal that scientific concepts be implicitly defined. The Aufbau's antipodal aspects, its reductive phenomenalism and quasi-Kantian concern with the constitution of objectivity, are seen as complementary moments of the marriage of empiricism and (...)
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    Chaos, Clio, and Scientistic Illusions of Understanding.Paul A. Roth & Thomas A. Ryckman - 1995 - History and Theory 34 (1):30-44.
    A number of authors have recently argued that the mathematical insights of "chaos theory" offer a promising formal model or significant analogy for understanding at least some historical events. We examine a representative claim of each kind regarding the application of chaos theory to problems of historical explanation. We identify two lines of argument. One we term the Causal Thesis, which states that chaos theory may be used to plausibly model, and so explain, historical events. The other we term the (...)
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    Bridging Two Gulfs: Hermann Weyl.Thomas Ryckman - 2012 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 8 (1):24-41.
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    On Believing, Saying and Expressing.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1989 - Synthese 79 (2):191 - 200.
    Examines the connections among believing, saying, and expressing in situations where the sentence used is a declarative sentence containing at least one proper name. Proposes a new way of understanding these connections. Develops an argument for the thesis that, although we typically believe the singular propositions expressed by our uses of name sentences, we rarely use such sentences because we believe those propositions.
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    Revised Factualism.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1994 - The Monist 77 (2):207-216.
    I shall argue that those who hold that there are factual complexes, or facts, and who subscribe to a correspondence theory of truth, according to which truth is analyzed in terms of correspondence to facts, need not hold that, in addition to facts, there are propositions.
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    Warren Schmaus is Professor of Philosophy at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Where He has Taught Since Completing Graduate Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Author of Durkheim's Philosophy of Science and the Sociology of Knowledge (Chicago, 1994), in Additional to Many Articles Concerning the Philosophy.Gregory Moynahan, Thomas A. Ryckman & David Hyder - 2003 - Perspectives on Science 11 (1).
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    The Importance of Being Weyl: Hermann Weyl: Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science. With a New Introduction by Frank Wilczek, Princeton University Press, 2009, 336 Pp, $35.00. [REVIEW]Thomas Ryckman - 2011 - Metascience 20 (1):75-79.
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    Why History Matters to Philosophy of Physics.Thomas Ryckman - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 50:4-12.
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    A Retrospective View of Determinism and Indeterminism in Modern Physics.Thomas Ryckman - 2015 - In Sebastian Luft & J. Tyler Friedman (eds.), The Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer: A Novel Assessment. De Gruyter. pp. 65-102.
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    The Millian Theory of Names and the Problems of Negative Existentials and Non-Referring Names.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1988 - In D. F. Austin (ed.), Philosophical Analysis. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 241--249.
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    Review of William Lane Craig, Quentin Smith (Eds.), Einstein, Relativity and Absolute Simultaneity[REVIEW]Thomas Ryckman - 2010 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (9).
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    Recovering First Philosophy in Philosophy of Physics.Thomas Ryckman - 2005 - Philosophy Today 49 (5):13-22.
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    Contingency, a Prioricity and Acquaintance.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1993 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (2):323-343.
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    Pauli's Exclusion Principle: The Origin and Validation of a Scientific Principle, by Michela Massimi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. Xiv + 211, £45.00. [REVIEW]Thomas Ryckman - 2007 - Kantian Review 12 (2):187-189.
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    Two Roads From Kant: Cassirer, Reichenbach, and General Relativity.Thomas Ryckman - 2003 - In Paolo Parrini, Wes Salmon & Merrilee Salmon (eds.), Logical Empiricism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Pittsburgh University Pres.
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    Norman Sieroka. Umgebungen: Symbolischer Konstruktivismus im Anschluss an Hermann Weyl und Fritz Medicus. Zurich: Chronos, 2010. Pp. 416. €43.00. [REVIEW]Thomas Ryckman - 2013 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 3 (1):164-168.
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    On Bernard Harrision and Rigid Definite Descriptions.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1984 - Mind 93 (371):430-432.
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    Contingency, a Prioricity and Acquaintance.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1993 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (2):323-343.
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    Dickie on Artifactuality.Thomas C. Ryckman - 1989 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 47 (2):175-177.
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    Shifting the (Non-Relativized) a Priori: Hans Reichenbach on Causality and Probability (1915–1932).Thomas A. Ryckman & D. Dieks - 2011 - In Dennis Dieks, Wenceslao Gonzalo, Thomas Uebel, Stephan Hartmann & Marcel Weber (eds.), Explanation, Prediction, and Confirmation. Springer. pp. 2--465.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Thomas C. Ryckman - 1992 - Mind 101 (402):397-401.
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    Recovering First Philosophy in Philosophy of Physics.Thomas Ryckman - 2005 - Philosophy Today 49 (Supplement):13-22.
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