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The Epistemic Virtues of the Virtuous Theorist: On Albert Einstein and His Autobiography

van Dongen, Jeroen (2017) The Epistemic Virtues of the Virtuous Theorist: On Albert Einstein and His Autobiography. Epistemic Virtues in the Sciences and the Humanities. Edited by Jeroen van Dongen and Herman Paul (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, Vol. 321). pp. 63-77.

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Abstract

Albert Einstein’s practice in physics and his philosophical positions gradually reoriented themselves from more empiricist towards rationalist viewpoints. This change accompanied his turn towards unified field theory and different presentations of himself, eventually leading to his highly programmatic Autobiographical Notes in 1949. Einstein enlisted his own history and professional stature to mold an ideal of a theoretical physicist who represented particular epistemic virtues and moral qualities. These in turn reflected the theoretical ideas of his strongly mathematical unification program and professed Spinozist beliefs.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
van Dongen, Jeroenj.a.e.f.vandongen@uva.nl
Keywords: Epistemic virtues, Albert Einstein, Baruch Spinoza, Unified field theory
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Science and Religion
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Mr. Jeroen van Dongen
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2018 02:58
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2018 02:58
Item ID: 14510
Journal or Publication Title: Epistemic Virtues in the Sciences and the Humanities. Edited by Jeroen van Dongen and Herman Paul (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, Vol. 321)
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-31...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48893-6_5
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Science and Religion
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2017
Page Range: pp. 63-77
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14510

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