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Albert Einstein was the most influential physicist of the 20th century. What is less well-know is that fundamental philosophical problems, such as concept formation, the role of epistemology in explaining physical theories, observation, and the debates between positivism and realism, played a central role in his thought as a whole.
In this much-needed book, Tom Ryckman demystifies Einstein’s revolutionary theories of time and space and provides a brilliant philosophical introduction to his work and legacy. Beginning with an overview of Einstein’s life and work, he shows how Einstein’s philosophy grew out of an engagement with philosophical movements and philosophers, in particular Neo-Kantianism and logical empiricism and Hume, Kant, Spinoza and Schopenhauer. He also shows how Einstein’s theories of relativity and his objections to quantum theory have in turn shaped the course of twentieth century philosophy of science.
As with all books in the series, Einstein includes a chronology, chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary.
2. Life and Works
3. Special Relativity
4. General Relativity
5. The Old Quantum Theory
6. Later Quantum Theory
7. Einstein and Particular Philosophers/Philosophies
8. Einstein and Philosophy of Science.
Routledge Philosophers is a major series of introductions to the great Western philosophers. Each book places a major philosopher or thinker in historical context, explains and assesses their key arguments, and considers their legacy. Additional features include a chronology of major dates and events, chapter summaries, annotated suggestions for further reading and a glossary of technical terms.
An ideal starting point for those new to philosophy, they are also essential reading for those interested in the subject at any level.