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The Constitution of Weyl's Pure Infinitesimal World Geometry

McCoy, C.D. (2022) The Constitution of Weyl's Pure Infinitesimal World Geometry. HOPOS, 12 (1). pp. 189-208.

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Abstract

Hermann Weyl was one of the most important figures involved in the early elaboration of the general theory of relativity and its fundamentally geometrical spacetime picture of the world. Weyl's development of "pure infinitesimal geometry" out of relativity theory was the basis of his remarkable attempt at unifying gravitation and electromagnetism. Many interpreters have focused primarily on Weyl's philosophical influences, especially the influence of Husserl's transcendental phenomenology, as the motivation for these efforts. In this article, I argue both that these efforts are most naturally understood as an outgrowth of the distinctive mathematical-physical tradition in Göttingen and also that phenomenology has little to no constructive role to play in them.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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McCoy, C.D.casey.mccoy@yonsei.ac.kr0000-0002-7921-4911
Keywords: Hermann Weyl, geometry, phenomenology, general relativity
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2022 13:03
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2022 13:03
Item ID: 21203
Journal or Publication Title: HOPOS
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1086/719018
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: May 2022
Page Range: pp. 189-208
Volume: 12
Number: 1
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21203

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