Relationism and Relativity

  title={Relationism and Relativity},
  author={M. R. Gardner},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={215 - 233}
  • M. R. Gardner
  • Published 1977
  • Mathematics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • In the seventeenth century a famous debate occurred between Newton and Leibniz on the question of whether space is an entity in its own right, or merely a system of relations of bodies. Near the end of the nineteenth century Mach attempted to defend the Leibnizian relationist view by putting forth what is now called Mach's principle: (roughly) that the fixed stars can play the role in physics which Newton attributed to space. And early in the twentieth century Einstein claimed to have… CONTINUE READING
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