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Reading seminar in philosophy of spacetime

Gábor Hofer-Szabó
László E. Szabó

Wednesday 15:00-16:30, Room 221 (Múzeum krt. 4./i)

First seminar session: September 18. The participants are supposed to read Friedman's Introduction.

Purpose of the course: The aim of the course is to make the students familiar with the philosophical foundations of spacetime theories, such as the principle of relativity, general covariance, absolute vs. relative spacetime structures, spacetime vs. matter, spacetime and causality.

Prerequisites for the course: The course assumes some basic knowledge of differential geometry and the theory of general relativity.


  1. Michael Friedman: Foundations of Space-Time Theories (PrincetonUniversity Press, 1983), Introduction, Chapter II/1, 2, 3.
  2. Moritz Schlick: Space and Time in Contemporary Physics (Dover Publications, 1920).
  3. John Stachel: "Einstein's search for general covariance, 1912-1915" in: D. Howard and J. Stachel (eds.): Einstein and the History of General Relativity (Birkhauser, Boston, 1980), 63-100.
  4. John D. Norton: "What was Einstein's principle of equivalence", Stud. Hist. Philos. Sci., 16, 203-246 (1980).
  5. John D. Norton: "General covariance and the foundations of general relativity: eight decades of dispute", Rep. Prog. Phys., 56, 791-858 (1993).
  6. R. K. Sachs and H. Wu: General Relativity for Mathematicians (Springer Verlag, 1983), VIII/4, 5.
  7. John Earman and John Norton: "What price space-time substantivalism? The hole story" Brit. J. Phil. Sci., 38, 515-525 (1987).


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