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Substance and Function and Einstein's Theory of Relativity

ISBN-10: 0486200507

ISBN-13: 9780486200507

Edition: 1st

Authors: Ernst Cassirer

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This double-volume work constitutes a great modern philosopher's establishment of a philosophy of the exact sciences -- a work that is historically sound, philosophically mature, and scientifically impeccable. Ernst Cassirer has propounded a general philosophical system in which Einstein's theory of relativity represents only the latest (albeit the most radical) fulfillment of the motives inherent to mathematics and the physical sciences. In the course of its exposition, this volume touches upon such topics as the concept of number, space and time, geometry, and energy; Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry; traditional logic and scientific method; mechanism and motion; Mayer's methodology of natural science; Richter's definite proportions; relational concepts and the activity of the ego; Einstein's relativity and "reality"; and the philosophical concept of truth and its role in relativity theory. Book jacket.
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List price: $8.95
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Ernst Cassirer, a German neo-Kantian philosopher, taught at several European universities before moving to the United States and teaching at Yale (1941-1944) and Columbia universities. A prolific historian of philosophy, Cassirer was influenced by Immanuel Kant and Georg Hegel but originated his own distinctive doctrine. The centerpiece of Cassirer's thought is his theory of symbolic forms. He construed representation, the ground of symbolic form, to be essentially symbolic, fusing perceptual materials with conceptual meanings. The human species, he taught, is essentially a symbolizing animal. He maintained that symbolic forms are manifest in different modes-languages, myth, art, science, and religion. Cassirer utilized his theory of symbolic forms in the elaboration of a flexible philosophy of culture.

The Concept of Thing and the Concept of Relation
On the Theory of the Formation of Concepts
The Concept of Number
The Concept of Space and Geometry
The Concepts of Natural Science
The System of Relational Concepts and the Problem of Reality
On the Problem of Induction
The Concept of Reality
Subjectivity and Objectivity of the Relational Concepts
On the Psychology of Relations
Supplement: Einstein's Theory of Relativity Considered from the Epistemological Standpoint
Concepts of measure and concepts of thingsp. 351
The empirical and conceptual foundations of the theory of relativityp. 367
The philosophical concept of truth and the theory of relativityp. 387
Matter, ether and spacep. 394
The concepts of space and time of critical idealism and the theory of relativityp. 409
Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometryp. 430
The theory of relativity and the problem of realityp. 445
Bibliographyp. 457
Indexp. 461
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