Empiricism and Relationism Intertwined: Hume and Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity



Published 24-05-2016
Matias Kimi Slavov


Einstein acknowledged that his reading of Hume influenced the development of his special theory of relativity. In this article, I juxtapose Hume's philosophy with Einstein's philosophical analysis related to his special relativity. I argue that there are two common points to be found in their writings, namely an empiricist theory of ideas and concepts, and a relationist ontology regarding space and time. The main thesis of this article is that these two points are intertwined in Hume and Einstein.

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Slavov, M. K. (2016). Empiricism and Relationism Intertwined: Hume and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31(2), 247–263. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.14846
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Hume, Einstein, History of Special Relativity, Space and Time