## Substance and function and Einstein's theory of relativityThis 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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### Contents

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The psychological criticism of the concept Berkeley The psy | 14 |

Chapter II | 27 |

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Substance and Function and Einstein's Theory of Relativity Ernst Cassirer,W. C. Swabey,M. C. Swabey Limited preview - 2004 |

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