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Online Conference: Philosophers and Einstein’s Relativity

By Wuthrich

We are delighted to announce a conference on the early philosophical reception of relativity theory, to be held online, and organized by Chiara Russo Krauss (University of Naples Federico II) and Luigi Laino (University of Naples Federico II). You may find further information here:

You may also find the schedule below:

UPDATE 24/05/2021: Dennis Lehmkuhl and Marco Giovannelli switched their time slots. This is the new schedule:

15.30 – 16.00 Ruth Castillo Ochoa (Universidad de Alicante): Einstein and phenomenology: Husserl and Neelamkavil perspectives to the matter-field notions based on extension-change

16.00 – 17.00 Chiara Russo Krauss (Università Federico II di Napoli): Between Mach and Einstein. Petzoldt’s reading of the theory of relativity.

17.00 – 18.00 Paolo Pecere (Università degli Studi Roma Tre): The End of Matter? On the early reception of Relativity

18.00 – 19.00 Klaus Hentschel (Universität Stuttgart): (Mis-) Interpretations of the Theory of Relativity –Considerations of how they arise and how to analyze them

15.30 – 16.00 Jorge Manero (Czech Academy of Sciences): Illustrating Cassirer philosophy with a wider relativistic structure

16.00 – 17.00 Luigi Laino (Università Federico II di Napoli): Natorp, Cassirer and the influence of Relativity on Neokantian philosophy

17.00 – 18.00 Francesca Biagioli (Università di Torino): Cassirer and Klein on the geometrical foundations of relativistic physics

*18.00 – 19.00 Dennis Lehmkuhl (Universität Bonn): Einstein’s forgotten interpretation of general relativity: on the unification of gravity and inertia and the abolishment of spacetime
15.30 – 16.00 Mayra Moreira da Costa (Universidade de São Paulo): The problem of the relativity of simultaneity and the causal solution

16.00 – 17.00 Matthias Neuber (Universität Tübingen): Einstein’s relativity from the viewpoint of R. W. Sellars’s “The Philosophy of Physical Realism”

*17.00 – 18.00 Marco Giovannelli (Università di Torino): Unification vs. geometrization. Einstein and Reichenbach on relativity and the unified field theory program

18.00 – 19.00 Don Howard (University of Notre Dame – IN): The impact of general relativity on the philosophy of science

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