Reading seminar in philosophy of spacetime
Gábor HoferSzabó
László E. Szabó
Wednesday 15:0016:30, 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.
Readings:
 Michael
Friedman: Foundations of SpaceTime
Theories
(PrincetonUniversity Press, 1983), Introduction, Chapter II/1, 2, 3.
 Moritz
Schlick: Space and Time in
Contemporary Physics (Dover Publications, 1920).
 John Stachel:
"Einstein's search for general covariance, 19121915" in: D. Howard and
J. Stachel (eds.): Einstein and the
History of General Relativity (Birkhauser, Boston, 1980), 63100.
 John D.
Norton: "What was Einstein's principle of equivalence", Stud. Hist. Philos. Sci., 16, 203246 (1980).
 John D.
Norton: "General covariance and the foundations of general relativity:
eight decades of dispute", Rep.
Prog. Phys., 56,
791858 (1993).
 R. K. Sachs
and H. Wu: General Relativity for
Mathematicians (Springer Verlag, 1983), VIII/4, 5.
 John Earman
and John Norton: "What price spacetime substantivalism? The hole
story" Brit. J. Phil. Sci., 38, 515525 (1987).


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