Defending Einstein

Hans Reichenbach's Writings on Space, Time and Motion

Defending Einstein

Hans Reichenbach, a philosopher of science who was one of five students in Einstein's first seminar on the general theory of relativity, became Einstein's bulldog, defending the theory against criticism from philosophers, physicists, and popular commentators. This 2006 book chronicles the development of Reichenbach's reconstruction of Einstein's theory in a way that clearly sets out all of its philosophical commitments and its physical predictions as well as the battles that Reichenbach fought on its behalf, in both the academic and popular press. The essays include reviews and responses to philosophical colleagues; polemical discussions with physicists Max Born and D. C. Miller; as well as popular articles meant for the layperson. At a time when physics and philosophy were both undergoing revolutionary changes in content and method, this book is a window into the development of scientific philosophy and the role of the philosopher.


"...any philosopher interested in foundational issues (both historical and philosophical) on space, time, and spacetime (especially those who can't read French and German!) will want to have a copy of this book." --Dean Rickles, University of Calgary: Philosophy in Review

Coffa, J. Alberto. (1990) The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Friedman, Michael. (1994) “Geometry Convention, and the Relativized A Priori: Reichenbach, Carnap, and Schlick.” In Logic, Language, and the Structure of Scientific Truth, ed. Wesley Salmon and Gereon Wolters. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 21–34.
Friedman, Michael. (1999) Logical Positivism Reconsidered. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gimbel, Steven. (2004) “Unconventional Wisdom: Theory-specificity in Reichenbach's Geometric Conventionalism.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 35, pp. 457–81.
Hentschel, Klaus. (1991a) “Die vergessene Rezension der ‘allgemeinen Erkenntnislehre’ Moritz Schlicks durch Hans Reichenbach – Ein Stück Philosophiegeschichte.” In Erkenntnis Orientated: A Centennial Volume for Rudolf Carnap and Hans Reichenbach, ed. Wolfgang Spohn. Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp. 11–28.
Hentschel, Klaus. (1991b) Die Korrespondenz Petzold – Reichenbach: Zur Entwicklung der “wissenschaftlichen Philosophie” in Berlin. Berlin: ERS Verlag.
Howard, Don. (1984) “Realism and Conventionalism in Einstein's Philosophy of Science: The Einstein/Schlick Correspondence.” Philosophia Naturalis, vol. 21, pp. 416–29.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1920a) Theory of Relativity and A Priori Knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1965.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1920b) Review of Moritz Schlick's Algemeine Erkenntnislehre. Zeitschrift für angewandte Psychologie, vol. 16, pp. 341–3.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1920c) “Die Einsteinsche Raumlehre.” Die Umschau, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 402–5.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1921a) “The Present State of the Discussion on Relativity.” In Modern Philosophy of Science, ed. Maria Reichenbach. New York: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1959, pp. 1–45.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1921b) “Erwiderung auf H. Dinglers Kritik an der Relativitätstheorie.” Physikalische Zeitschrift, vol. 21, pp. 379–84.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1921c) “Bericht über eine Axiomatik der Einsteinschen Raum-Zeit-Lehre.” Physikalische Zeitschrift, vol. 22, pp. 683–7.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1921d) “Die Einsteinsche Bewegungslehre.” Die Umschau, vol. 27, pp. 501–5.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1922a) “Relativitätstheorie und absolute Transportzeit.” Zeitschrift für Physik, vol. 9, pp. 111–17.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1922b) “La signification philosophique de la théorie de la relativité.” Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Étranger, vol. 94, pp. 5–61.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1924a) Axiomatization of the Theory of Relativity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1924b) “Planetenuhr und Einsteinsche Gleich zeitkeit.” Zeitschrift für Physik, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 628–34.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1925) “Über die physikalische Konsequenzen der relativischen Axiomatik.” Physikalische Zeitschrift, vol. 34, pp. 32–48.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1926) Philosophy of Space and Time. New York: Dover, 1957.
Reichenbach, Hans. (1978) Hans Reichenbach: Selected Writings, 1909–1953, ed. Maria Reichenbach and Robert S. Cohen. Dordrect: Reidel.
Ryckman, T. A. (1994) “Weyl, Reichenbach, and the Epistemology of Geometry.” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 25, pp. 831–70.
Ryckman, T. A. (1996) “Einstein Agonists: Weyl and Reichenbach on Geometry and the General Theory of Relativity.” In Origins of Logical Empiricism, ed. Ronald Giere. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 165–209.
Ryckman, T. A. (2003) “Two Roads from Kant: Cassirer, Reichenbach, and General Relativity.” In Logical Empiricism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Paolo Parrini. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 159–93.
Rynasiewicz, Robert. (2002) “Reichenbach's ∊ɛ-Definition of Simultaneity in Historical and Philosophical Perspective.” Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook, vol. 10, pp. 121–9.
Rynasiewicz, Robert. (2006) “Weyl vs. Reichenbach on Lichtgeometrie.” In The Universe of General Relativity, ed. J. Eisenstädt and A. J. Kox. Boston: Birkhauser, in press.