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2016-2017: II Semester: Spacetime Geometries  

Phd School in Philosophy and Human Sciences

A.A. 2016-2017



Spacetime Geometries

Lecturer: Claudio Bartocci (Università degli Studi di Genova)


Mon, March 13: 14:00-16:00
Tue, March 14: 10:00-13:00
Wed, March 15: 12:30-15:00
Fri, March 17: 10:00-12:00



• Introduction: Newton, Leibniz, Kant
• The 19th century turning point: Riemann’s notion of 
• The electrodynamic world: the birth of special relativity (1895-1906)
• Einstein’s theory of general relativity and its philosophical implications (1916- 1927)
• A Machian interlude
• Einstein vs. Reichenbach (1949)
• Causal structures in general relativity
• Contemporary perspectives: the quantum gravity conundrum, nonlocality, and some epistemological speculations 

Basic references 

Claudio BARTOCCIUna piramide di problemi. Storie di geometria da Gauss a Hilbert, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2012.
John E 
ARM ANW orld Enough and Space- Time. Absolute versus Relational Theories of Space and Time, The MIT Press, Cambridge (Mass.) - London 1989. 

Michael FRIEDMANFoundations of Space-Time Theories. Relativistic Physics and Philosophy of Science, Princeton University Press, Princeton 1983.
Nick H
UGGETT (ed.), Space from Zeno to Einstein. Classic Readings with a Contemporary Commentary, The MIT Press, Cambridge (Mass.) - London 1999. Nick HUGGETT & Carl HOEFERAbsolute and Relational Theories of Space and Time, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2017 (online: plato.stanford.edu/entries/ spacetime-theories/). 

Hendrik Antoon LORENTZ, Albert EINSTEIN, Hermann MINKOWSKI & Hermann WEYLThe Principle of Relativity, Dover Publications, New York 1952.
Hans R
EICHENBACHThe Philosophy of Space & Time, Dover Publications, New York 1958. 

Paul Arthur SCHILPP (ed.), Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist, Tudor Publishing Company, New York 1951.
Moritz S
CHLICKSpace and Time in Contemporary Physics. An Introduction to the Theory of Relativity and Gravitation, Oxford University Press, New York 1920. 

Lawrence SKLAR Space, Time, and Spacetime, University of California Pr ess, Berkeley - Los Angeles - London 1974. 




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