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

Matias Kimi Slavov

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.

Keywords


Hume; Einstein; History of Special Relativity; Space and Time

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.14846

 

 

 

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