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Early Philosophical Interpretations of General Relativity

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[Revised entry by Thomas A. Ryckman on March 7, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Early philosophical interpretations of the general theory of relativity selected distinct aspects of that theory for favored recognition. Followers of Mach initially lauded Einstein's attempt to implement a "relativization of inertia" in the general theory, but ultimately were more comfortable with Einstein's operationalist treatment of the concept of distant simultaneity in the special theory. Kantians and neo-Kantians, if freed from strict fealty to the doctrines of the Transcendental...

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