Empiricism and Relationism Intertwined: Hume and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity

Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 31 (2):247-263 (2016)
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Abstract

Einstein acknowledged that his reading of Hume influenced the development of his special theory of relativity. In this article, I juxtapose Hume’s philosophy with Einstein’s philosophical analysis related to his special relativity. I argue that there are two common points to be found in their writings, namely an empiricist theory of ideas and concepts, and a relationist ontology regarding space and time. The main thesis of this article is that these two points are intertwined in Hume and Einstein.

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Matias Kimi Slavov
Tampere University

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