‘Physics is a kind of metaphysics’: Émile Meyerson and Einstein’s late rationalistic realism

@article{Giovanelli2018PhysicsIA,
  title={‘Physics is a kind of metaphysics’: {\'E}mile Meyerson and Einstein’s late rationalistic realism},
  author={Marco Giovanelli},
  journal={European Journal for Philosophy of Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={8},
  pages={783-829}
}
Gerald Holton has famously described Einstein’s career as a philosophical “pilgrimage”. Starting on “the historic ground” of Machian positivism and phenomenalism, following the completion of general relativity in late 1915, Einstein’s philosophy endured (a) a speculative turn: physical theorizing appears as ultimately a “pure mathematical construction” guided by faith in the simplicity of nature and (b) a realistic turn: science is “nothing more than a refinement ”of the everyday belief in the… CONTINUE READING

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